Bahamian Lester Brown signs with Roy Jones Jr.
Bahamian boxer Lester Brown is looking to take his career to the next level, as the lightweight competitor signed a professional contract with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions last weekend.
Brown said that he and Jones first crossed paths at an airport in Pensacola, Florida, United States and kept in touch up until the time of the signing.
“I was actually on my way to Las Vegas to train at Floyd Mayweather’s gym, and I ran into him while getting some food,” Brown said about their first encounter. “We locked eyes and I said ‘what’s up’ and then we just kept talking from there. He asked if I was a boxer and asked about my record then said he also had a gym in Las Vegas and wanted me to stop by for a workout. That was last year August, and then I went up there in December to work out and spar with some of his fighters. The experience was great, but they didn’t do anything that was unfamiliar, so I was able to have a good showing.”
Brown said his respect for Jones, coupled with his expertise in promoting fights is what led him to sign on with the camp.
“I signed on to a multi-year deal and it came with a minimum of four fights per year,” he said. “I’m thinking that my first fight will come in April. That’s the timeline he had in mind, so I’m going to be sure I’m ready. I’m currently fighting at 135 pounds, and I think my first fight under Roy Jones I’ll be fighting at 135, but eventually he wants me to move down to 130. I’m kind of short for my weight, so opponents at 135 would have a reach advantage, but that’s really a lot of weight for me to lose in a short space of time, so I plan to gradually work my way down to that weight.”
Brown currently has 3-0 win/loss record but hasn’t been as active as he’d like to be, due to the fact that he’s gone so long without a promoter. Now, with Jones in his corner, he’s ready to take the next step.
“Right now, there’s no time to be nervous or afraid. This is what we’ve worked so hard for,” Brown said. “My father has been my main trainer and my family has played a major role in my career, but even with them behind me, it was hard doing things with no promoter, because its hard to get on as a free agent, and also without knowing, you might book a difficult match-up, which is something you kind of want to avoid while trying to build your record. All of these things I expect will be resolved now seeing that I’m with Roy, because he’s just a genius when it comes to boxing.”
Brown last fought on December 16, 2016, where he won a split decision over Haitian Pierre Ernabe at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.