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‘Big 12’ Brown wants world title within three years

Published:Saturday | November 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Ricardo ‘Big 12’ Brown in action in the Men’s Super Heavy +91kg Preliminary Round at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, July 29.
Ricardo ‘Big 12’ Brown in action in the Men’s Super Heavy +91kg Preliminary Round at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, July 29.

Boxer Ricardo ‘Big 12’ Brown, who recently signed his first professional contract, says the goal is to become a world champion in the next three years. Brown says that achieving his goal will not be easy but that the experience he has gained at the...

Boxer Ricardo ‘Big 12’ Brown, who recently signed his first professional contract, says the goal is to become a world champion in the next three years.

Brown says that achieving his goal will not be easy but that the experience he has gained at the amateur level has prepared him for this next step.

“Everything is going good and I am ready,” Brown told The Gleaner. “There is no doubt about this. I have fought some of the best amateurs in the world, so why [not] turn pro?

“Now is the time to go out and build my reputation. It is going to be tough, but I will have to fight my way through and make sure I am always winning. Nothing comes easy. So, I just have to get myself in a real good shape to fight, because I want to be holding a world title the next three years from now.

The 31-year-old, who has signed with United Boxing Promotions, was hoping to make his professional debut later this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed that fight to February.

“I am getting ready for my first fight, which should be very soon,” he said. “So everything is looking good. The fight was to take place in Jamaica, but because of COVID, we have had to hold back.

“We now want to do it in February, but I am just taking it day by day and trying to get sharper. I am focused and ready, and no matter who they send, I am ready.”

Brown had big aspirations for the Tokyo Olympics over the summer, but fell short of expectation, exiting after the first round to India’s Satish Kumar.

However, he said the defeat was not too disheartening, as his aim then as an amateur was to gather as much experience as possible.

“I was not too disappointed about the Olympics,” he said. “The Olympics is more about experience and I went there and gathered more experience and now know how to put my punches together and land more blows.

“I have also learned to move around against boxers who move around a lot. So it was a good learning experience, and a good fight to learn from. But you have to have experience going forward. You can’t do it without experience. So it is good that I am learning more every day and getting better and better.”

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