To say Talbert made an impact on boxing in the Carolinas at a young age is an understatement. Talbert earned his first Golden Gloves championship at the ripe old age of 12. At 13 he won the Greensboro Tournament in 112-lb. flyweight class. During his 10-year career, Talbert posted a record of 56 wins and seven losses, earning 15 championships. At the age of 19, Talbert hung up the gloves and turned his attention to coaching. He led the Kannapolis (N.C.) YMCA boxing team to prominence in the southeast. By his own estimates, J. B. coached more than 400 young men during his 14-year coaching career. Talbert was also a sanctioned AAU Tournament judge and was instrumental in organizing the Carolina and AAU boxing leagues. He volunteered countless hours to better boxing in the Carolinas.