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  Rashad Brown: Taking One Step At A Time

By Tim Donaldson

If you were at the Teon Kennedy fight at Bally’s Atlantic City on September 25, you might remember Rashad Brown. That was the night of Rashad’s professional debut. He started off the night and his career with a convincing win, taking all four rounds and making his opponent look unworthy to be in the same ring. Now Rashad is getting ready for his third fight, which is going to take place on January 28 at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia.

Rashad will be fighting another Philadelphia fighter, Terrell Boggs. Rashad is “looking forward to it being a good fight.” Although this will be the first time the two have faced each other as professionals, it is not their first meeting. Rashad explained, “When I was an amateur, we sparred, getting him ready for a fight. It was a good sparring session. I pretty much got off on him, but I can’t look forward to that because I know he’s grown past 2008. I have grown as a boxer too. So I am looking forward to it being a good fight, but I never imagined fighting a guy I was sparring back in 2008 when I was an amateur.”

Rashad has been fighting since 2004. He started fighting at age 15, ended his amateur career with a record of 63 wins, 7 losses, and placed fourth in the USA National Championships. His trainer, Rory Bussy has been with him since his amateur days. Now that he is pro, he has also added Doc Nowicki to the team as manager. Doc, who manages Mike Jones and Teon Kennedy as well as many notable Philadelphia fighters, will tell you that he saw something special in Rashad. “We have high hopes for him. He’s got a good work ethic. He and Rory, they work hard. They want to be the best.”

Like all those who want to be great in this sport, Rashad trains hard. He gave me a basic rundown of his day. “I wake up six o’clock in the morning for strength and conditioning training three days a week. Then after that come to the gym, and we basically just do shadow boxing, jump rope for a couple of rounds, try to get sparring work for six to eight rounds, and just hit the bag and round off my day from between two to five. Then after that, just on my time.” And yet, it doesn’t seem that he has the much time of his own. “I work a part time job now and still try to juggle the training.”

For Rashad, this is not simply a hobby or a way to make a few extra bucks. This is his career. “I’m definitely looking forward to being world champion one day. I’m just taking one step at a time. I’m in it to win it for the long haul.” But for right now he has to win his fight on the 28th. As Rashad said, “I am just looking forward to running through the middleweight division, taking one fight at a time and still growing and learning each day and each fight.”


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