- Starks often wears the nickname "Chico" on the front of his trunks to pay respect to his favorite fighter Diego Corrales.
- Amateur Record: 98-16
- 2002 State Silver Gloves Champion
- 2003 Ohio State Champion
- 2003 Regional Silver Gloves Champion
- 2003 Ringside World Champion
- 2003-2005 State JO champion
- 2003 and 2005 Regional JO Champion
- 2006 Region I Golden Gloves Champion
- 2006 Silver Medalist in the Under 19 Tournament
- 2007 Finalist Ringside World Tournament
- 2008 State USA champion
- 2008 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Champion
- 2008 Future Stars national Champion
- 2009 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Champion
In 2007, Starks was shot during an altercation at a graduation party. The gunshot wound to his thigh, which nicked a major artery, nearly caused him to bleed to death and was seen by many as the death blow to his career. Doctors doubted whether Javontae would ever even have full use of his left leg again.