It has been more than two years since Bahamian professional lightweight boxer Lester Brown Jr. stepped into the ring, but that didn’t stop him from coming away with a victory by way of a unanimous decision over American Alvin Brown in the Island Fights 53 event at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Destin, Florida, on Wednesday night.
In the four-round bout, Brown Jr., clad in grey pants, was the more aggressive fighter from the opening bell as he attacked the American fighter and landed more punches. It was the co-main event on a nine-fight night and Brown Jr. put on a show. He had his opponent running all night, and improved his win-loss-draw record to 4-0-1. The American’s record fell to a winless 0-5.
The 23-year-old Bahamian fights under the Roy Jones Jr. Promotions banner. His local trainers are his father, Lester Brown Sr., Ray Minus Jr. and Mike Tormey, director and trainer at Albany.
Brown ran from Brown Jr. most of the fight but Brown Jr. landed a few combinations and left hooks to Brown’s face and body. The Bahamian said he was glad and excited to be back in the ring, doing what he loves to do best – box.
“The whole fight was an easy one from that first round to the fourth and final round. He couldn’t touch me,” said Brown Jr. “I guess I got an easy fight to shake off some rust from the two-year layoff.”
After the fight, a cool and calm Brown Jr. said he was ready to get back in the ring again. He plans to head into the gym today to prepare for his next fight.
He said: “There may be another fight at the end of the month. I am ready to fight right now. I didn’t take any punches in that fight so I’m good to go. I will also be training with Roy Jones for a few weeks. Physically, I feel great.”
At the weigh-in on Tuesday, the speedy and strategic boxer said the only thing that was going through his head was that he needed food.
“I didn’t eat for 20 hours and I came in three pounds under the weight. Nothing was going through my head when I saw him. I was numb to the situation. I didn’t care what he had going on – I knew what I came to do,” he said.
Brown Jr. is hoping to get into the ring about five more times this year. For a boxer who had a two-year lay-off, Brown Jr. looked sharp. He is hoping to ascend to world rankings in the major boxing organizations in the world. Other than Brown Sr., Jones Jr., Minus Jr. and Tormey, his support system includes his mother Lettieann Brown and Dr. Stephen Truszkowski among others.
Brown Jr. is sponsored by Lenovo Construction and Tormey.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism