2010-08-27 / Sports

Boxing Champion Brown Fights Doubters

By Elio Velez

Marlon Brown lands a left hand to the face of Dominique James. Photo by William Thomas. Marlon Brown lands a left hand to the face of Dominique James. Photo by William Thomas. There is a natural comfort level for 18-year old Marlon Brown when he steps into a boxing ring. He is also comfortable when he is cooking a meal in a kitchen style classroom at Food and Finance High School in Manhattan.

Last Saturday night at the Five towns Community Center, Brown cooked up a fight plan that ultimately led him to victory. The Rockaway Ropes Boxing Club fighter defeated Dominique James in a 5-0, three round decision to win the 132-pound open class championship at the Long Island Amateur Boxing Championships.

Brown stands tall at the ring at 5-11 because he competes in his weight class. He was able to dictate the tempo for three rounds with his long reach and a fluid motion in the ring.

After winning the Daily News Golden Gloves this past March in the 132- pound novice class, Brown has continued to hear from observers throughout the local boxing circles that he should move up in weight class.

He dismisses that talk because he is comfortable fighting at his present weight. After losing in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Gloves, he fought off a stomach virus in which he ultimately loss 20 pounds.

Brown is trying to prove to observers that can be effective and quite dangerous to opponents.

“A lot of people criticize that I’m not supposed to be at this weight. I wanted to make a statement and show everybody that I am strong enough to fight at this weight,” Brown said.

He is also proving to critics that he has enough stamina. Brown will need that in September when he starts his junior year at Food and Finance, where he is studying to be a chef.

Brown’s family recently moved out of Far Rockaway to the Bronx a few weeks ago. Once school begins, he will commute from his home in the Bronx to Midtown, where Food and Finance is located. He will then depart from school and take the train to the Ocean Bay Houses to practice at the Rockaway Ropes gym. Brown will arrive at home close to midnight and do it all over again the next day

It will be an exhausting commute, but Brown is doing whatever it takes to be successful.

“I really want it,” Brown said. “I have no choice.”

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