Bahamian professional lightweight boxer Lester Brown Jr. is headed to Destin, Florida, USA, to square off against American Alvin Brown in what will be the Bahamian’s first fight of the year. The lightweight fight is set for Wednesday at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in northwest Florida.
Brown Jr. currently has a win-loss-draw record of 3-0-1. His American opponent comes in with a winless record of 0-4.
The Bahamian said training has been going well, and he is looking forward to finally getting in the ring in 2019. He was scheduled to fight on February 7, but that fight was called off. He has already had to face a number of obstacles this year.
He said: “I feel good. I feel very confident. I trained really hard. I did a lot of sparring in the last couple weeks. I made weight pretty quick so I feel pretty confident. We found out that my opponent was a southpaw so we did a lot of drills in preparation to fight a southpaw. I did a lot of running in the sand, strength and conditioning with my coach, Andrew Khan, at Albany. My father Lester Brown Sr. and uncle Ray Minus Jr., they really helped me prepare for the fight. I was training every single day and was sparring every day for the past four days. I am confident of getting the win.”
Brown Jr., who is fighting under Roy Jones Jr. Promotions, had a few fights lined up last year but none came to fruition.
“Last year was a lot of weird ups and downs for me,” he said. “There were a lot of unanswered questions as to why something happened every time I was supposed to fight. The first time, my opponent was too big and the boxing committee in Atlantic City didn’t want to sanction it although I wanted to fight – that was in June. After that, there were some canceled events. I was to fight in Colorado twice and one of those times the other boxer tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and here we are now,” he added.
Brown said that he is optimistic about 2019. He is looking for at least five pro fights this year. One of his goals is to win the American Boxing Federation’s (ABF) lightweight title this year.
“My promoter, Roy Jones, promised me five or more fights this year. This will be number one and if everything goes well, I may be fighting for the American Boxing Federation title in an eight or 10-round event soon. That will be a big step in my career – winning a regional title,” Brown Jr. said. He continued: “My main goal is to win that regional title – not many people win it at such an early stage in their careers. I have a lot of good people on my team looking out for me so they will put me in a good position to fight for it and to win it.”
It’s been more than two years since his last fight but he hopes to pick up where he left off. In his four pro fights, Brown is yet to lose. He acknowledges that he has a great support team around him and his success is because of that team.
“My support system is very important and without them none of this would be happening. My two trainers – my dad (Brown Sr.) and uncle (Minus Jr.) – have been there for me straight through. There are also my promoter and other trainers, Lettieann, my mother, who helps me with my nutrition and diet meals, and there is also Dr. Stephen Truszkowski who helped me out a lot. Mike Tormey helped me with the training at Albany and made it possible for me to train there. Another huge part of my support team is Lenovo Construction, my sponsor, who helped me prepare for this fight.” Brown Jr. said.
Brown Jr. is sponsored by Lenovo Construction and Mike Tormey, the resort director and his trainer at Albany.
His scheduled fight against Alvin Brown will be live-streamed on www.ufcfightpass.com.
Jump Line – It’s been more than two years since Brown Jr. last stepped in the ring
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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