Brown boxes his way to state glory

Cannonvale ace en­joys fruit­ful night in Rocky

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Gregor Mactaggart Gregor.Mactaggart@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

BOX­ING: Cannonvale’s Jake Brown is no stranger to suc­cess.

But the 20-year-old boxer ticked off a ma­jor am­bi­tion when he se­cured the Sun­state Am­a­teur Box­ing League 71kg ti­tle in Rock­hamp­ton.

The tri­umph sealed his maiden belt in the se­nior ranks fol­low­ing a stel­lar ju­nior ca­reer, high­lighted by Aus­tralian ti­tles in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

“It means a lot to get that first se­nior ti­tle,” Brown said.

“Both guys I fought were older and had more ex­pe­ri­ence, so to win both fights and claim the belt was great.”

Brown earned the ti­tle the hard way.

With three box­ers en­tered in the light wel­ter­weight class, Brown was drawn to fight Den­nis Haines from Palm Is­land.

He won the bout in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion and then had to back up later that evening in the fi­nal against a fresh op­po­nent in Alex Brown, who qual­i­fied for the de­cider with­out hav­ing to fight.

The bat­tle of the Browns proved a one-sided af­fair as our lo­cal favourite Jake took the points in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

“I was bug­gered that last round be­cause it was the eighth round I’d fought that day,” he said.

“As soon as I got out of the ring af­ter the first fight, I had a sleep for 1 ½ hours and then warmed up for the sec­ond fight af­ter that.

“I felt the fa­tigue in my legs dur­ing the lat­ter stages of the sec­ond fight, but man­aged to do enough to win.”

Mak­ing the achieve­ment even more im­pres­sive was the fact Brown had strug­gled with a se­ri­ous shoul­der in­jury in the lead-up to his state cam­paign.

“I did my shoul­der about a week out, I couldn’t even move it, but I’ve got to thank Ali­son from Mov­ing Along Phys­io­ther­apy,” he said.

“She put it back into place for me and worked on it, so I’d be ready to fight.”

In at­ten­dance in the Beef Cap­i­tal was his dad Carl and younger sis­ter Daina, while mum Di is a big sup­porter.

But Brown joked it wasn’t al­ways that way.

“I started box­ing when I was 10 for fit­ness,” he said.

“Mum didn’t want me to fight at the start, but she’s def­i­nitely come around to it now.

“Un­for­tu­nately she couldn’t get down to Rocky, but dad was there and Daina as well.

“It means a lot to have the sup­port of my fam­ily.”

A third-year ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian based at Mo­ran­bah North, Brown har­bours ma­jor am­bi­tions in the sport.

“I’d love to com­pete at the Olympics and Com­mon­wealth Games one day,” he said.

“Tokyo 2020 is some­thing that I’m fo­cused on and work­ing hard to­wards.”

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NICE BELT: Cannonvale boxer Jake Brown cel­e­brates win­ning his first se­nior Sun­state Am­a­teur Box­ing Ti­tle ti­tle in Rock­hamp­ton.

Jake Brown with phys­io­ther­a­pist Ali­son Fog­a­rty.

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