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Brown to fight Friday night in New Jersey

After his fight was cancelled last month, Bahamian professional lightweight boxer Lester Brown Jr. is moving on, and will step into the ring tomorrow night for the first time on foreign soil. He will be boxing American David Payne on a loaded fight card at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It will be his first fight since signing with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions back in February of this year.

The 22-year-old Brown has a perfect 3-0 win/loss record in his young professional career. He was set to fight his first fight under Jones Jr. at the end of April in Florida. However, his opponent pulled out of the fight due to an injury.

Brown said he has been training for the past two months and that this fight was planned a month and a half ago.

“I watched one of his (Payne’s) fights. He is a good fighter. The only advantage he has over me is height. He is 5’ 9” and I am 5’ 7”. He isn’t fast at all or doesn’t seem to have any power,” Brown said about Payne.

The fight is scheduled for four rounds but Brown said he wants to knock out Payne in the first round.

“I am confident. The game plan is to go in there and walk him down and knock him out. The first round if I could…. if I see an opening I’ll go for it, any round is fine,” said Brown.

Brown last fought in December 2016 at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. He scored a split decision victory over Haitian boxer Pierre Ernabe and said the long layoff will not affect him.

“I’m not nervous in terms of whether I am going to win or lose, I’m just nervous as to how I am going to perform in not fighting in a year,” said Brown.

Payne is 11 years older than Brown but has less ring experience professionally. The American has had just one professional bout, and has a 0-1 record.

Brown is unranked as he has been inactive for over a year. Payne is ranked at number 1,689 in the world in the super lightweight division.

By the end of the year, Brown hopes to be in the top 20, or top 10, in the world. After this bout he is scheduled to have three more bouts by year’s end, and he is open to fight more in between those bouts.

After this bout, Brown returns home and two weeks later will be training in Pensacola, Florida with Roy Jones Jr. He thanked his sponsors Lenovo Construction and Think Simple for their support on his journey.

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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