Bahamian professional lightweight boxer Lester Brown Jr. did not get the result he wanted over the weekend as he lost in a split decision to Mexico’s Abel Aparicio at the Cameron Center in Laurel, Mississippi, USA.
The eight-round fight took place on Saturday night, with the American Boxing Federation’s (ABF) USA Mid American Super Featherweight title on the line.
That loss took Brown to four wins, one loss and two draws in his young professional career. Aparicio’s win-loss record is now a perfect 6-0.
According to Brown, there will be a rematch, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, August 4, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brown was upbeat despite suffering the first loss of his young pro career. The young boxer said he gained a lot of experience, and a few fans as well.
“I don’t really feel bad about it because I got a lot of experience and it was fun. I gained the whole crowd’s respect. People came to me after the fight saying they either thought I won or they are now a fan,” Brown Jr. said.
Aparicio, a southpaw, came out swinging while the Bahamian showed his quickness along with his footwork. On the attack, he looked for weaknesses in Aparicio’s defensive strategy.
“In the beginning of the fight I used my legs, jabbed and out-boxed him, and in the later rounds I started to walk him down and went toe-to-toe. He was a real tough opponent,” Brown Jr. said.
He continued: “I hit him with a few hard shots and I was surprised that he didn’t go down. That was when I knew that it may be a long night.”
The speedy boxer, who was clad in a red and white striped pants, said that he felt good after the fight physically. He is looking to go back into camp to train for the next fight.
Brown fights under Roy Jones Jr. Promotions banner. He said Jones told him that he needs to be more aggressive and he plans to do that in his next fight.
Brown, 22, is looking to fight on home soil later this year or in early 2020.
As he continues to gain more ring experience, he intends to use his feet and hands to aggressively attack his opponents.
After not fighting since 2016, he has been able to engage in three fights this year already. In March, he unanimously won over Alvin Brown in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The month after that, he drew against Quantae Mitchell in Columbus, Mississippi.
After the scheduled fight next month, he is looking to fight another three fights before the year is out.
Brown is trained by his father, Lester Brown Sr., and uncle, the legendary Ray Minus Jr.
He thanked his sponsors, Premier Travel and Lenovo Construction Company, for giving him the opportunity to further his boxing career.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting