Lester Brown Jr. eyes set on title fight
With six professional fights under his belt, Bahamian lightweight boxer Lester Brown Jr. has his eyes set on winning the American Boxing Federation (ABF) USA Mid America Super Featherweight Title when he goes into the ring at the Cameron Center in Laurel, Mississippi on Saturday, July 6.
Brown Jr., who has four wins and two draws with no loss record, will be going up against Mexican Abel Aparicio in a 10-round title fight. The Mexican is undefeated and will be looking to win his sixth fight.
The ABF USA Mid America Super Featherweight Title is vacant.
Aparicio has two of those wins by knockout and Brown has one knock out.
Before this year, Brown Jr. was last in action in 2016. This will be the Bahamian’s third time in the ring since March of this year. He drew his last fight against American Quantae Mitchell on April 19 in Columbus, Ohio. He said he hardly thinks about that fight as he is looking to knockout Aparicio. This is a huge test for him.
“The last fight was a draw but I don’t think much of it because it was a bogus call on behalf of the judges, everybody clearly knew who won the fight without a sweat but in order for me to win this fight I can’t let it get to the judges, I’m going to have to knock him out and this time I have 10 rounds to do so,” Brown said.
This is his first shot at a title in his career and he said it is a big step to his goal of becoming a world champion.
He is currently in a five-week training camp and does not feel any pressure about the fight. The diminutive boxer is hoping that the training camp will be smooth.
Before the training camp, Brown Jr. said he did a lot of running, sparring, jump rope, bag work and hitting the pads with his father, Lester Brown Sr., to stay sharp. Brown spends time in Champion Amateur Boxing Club Gym on Wulff Road – the gym of his uncle, famed boxer and trainer Ray Minus Jr.
Minus trained Bahamian boxers such as Jermaine “Choo Choo” Mackey, Tureano Johnson and Meacher “Major Pain” Major.
As for strength and conditioning, the younger Brown is working with Andrew Khan, fitness trainer at Albany resort. The professional boxer said that Khan will be a big help to him on the conditioning side.
He is very confident heading into the bout and added that once he remains healthy he will be looking to getting into the ring four more times this year.
Boxing under the Roy Jones Jr. Promotions banner comes with its perks. The boxer will be heading to Pensacola, Florida, next week to finish off his training camp.
“Roy (Jones Jr.) is pretty pleased about how everything’s going so far, he just wants me to learn from every fight and keep on getting better and better. In this fight he wants me to be smart and use my skills and speed for an easy and clear victory,” Brown Jr. said.
He continued; “Roy is pretty important to my career because he knows the ins and outs of the game and he’s pretty smart when it comes to being a trainer. I feel confident that he’s going to lead us to a world title real soon.”
Aparicio was in action last Saturday in Louisville against American Christopher Wilson. He won that fight in a unanimous decision.
Brown Jr. has seen Aparicio in action but is not worried.
“I’ve seen two of my opponent’s fights, he’s aggressive and throws a lot of punches, but we got all that figured out.”
The Bahamian thanked his sponsor Lenovo Construction, that has had his back for the entire journey. He also thanked Premier Travel, which is also loyal to his team.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism