2010-04-02 / Sports

Brown Cooks Up Winning Formula At Golden Gloves

By Elio Velez

Marlon Brown (left) winds up to land a punch against Wesley Ferrer. Photo by William Thomas. Marlon Brown (left) winds up to land a punch against Wesley Ferrer. Photo by William Thomas. Marlon Brown has been accustomed in the past two years to compete in the Daily News Golden Gloves and have fans watch his every movement in the ring. But it was entirely different on March 25 when a sellout crowd of 5,000 came to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden watched Brown compete in the 132-pound open class championship.

After getting rid of his admitted initial stage fright, Brown used his speed and landed a number of effective jab punching combinations to defeat Wesley Ferrer and win his first Golden Gloves championship.

Brown, who represents the Rockaway Ropes Boxing Club on Beach 57 Street and Beach Channel Drive, won in his second year competing in the gloves. He will move on to compete in the Golden Gloves regional tournament. The Food and Finance High School student lost in the quarterfinals of the 152-pound novice class on March 19, 2009. The 17-year old said he was de-termined to bounce back after last year’s defeat.

“It wasn’t my best fight. I guess I got stage fright,” Brown said. ”I went jab jab, jab. I hit the moving target.”

The 5-foot-11, 17-year old moved to Rockaway last year from Brooklyn. A friend of his advised Brown to train with the Rockaway Ropes.

He had not fought in a few months after acquiring a stomach virus not too long after his loss last year. While he lost 20 pounds, Brown still had the quickness and the stamina to compete even in the lower weight class.

It wasn’t the smoothest of fights according to Brown. There were parts of the gameplan drawn up by trainers Kenyatta Harris and Anthony Santiago that he could not accomplish.

What Brown did achieve was using his speed to constantly frustrate Ferrer and take control early in the fight. He used his jab punches to record points and would eventually win by a threeround decision.

“He got on stage and did his thing. But he had stage fright. Cause he got up, it was the moment and he was a deer in the headlights,” Harris said.

“Now he’s over the hump and ready for the next fight.”

Brown loves the sport of boxing and he learned it from his father, who fought in the boxing gyms and sparred against such legendary heavyweights such as former world champion Riddick Bowe. “My dad always told me he used to fight Riddick Bowe and all of them and I said I wanted to box, I wanted to try. But my mom said no and I was sad,” Brown though is grateful his mother had a change of heart.

“But then my birthday came, my fourth birthday and they surprised me and took me to the gym. I was happy.”

As a sophomore student at Food and Finance, located in Midtown Manhattan, Brown also played on the junior varsity team. But he is also learning to become a cook. It’s something he is eager to keep learning.

Boxing though is already an established ingredient that he would like to keep doing.

“Boxing is my life,” Brown said.

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