Leon ‘The Train’ Brown is ready to go full steam ahead when he makes his professional debut after falling back in love with boxing when he decided to lose weight.
The Wolverhampton-based light-heavyweight is from a fighting family but gave up boxing years ago, before climbing back into the ring to shed bodybuilding weight after bulking up too much.
That reignited his love of the sport and now Brown, 33, is set to make his professional debut on Black Country Boxing’s ‘The Avengers’ show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday (3rd October).
Brown, who is slated to face Lincoln’s Mitch Mitchell, told www.uko-boxing.com:
“I used to box as a kid. My dad (Alex) was a boxer, so I’ve always been around boxing gyms growing up. He retired when I was about three and got into the coaching side of things.
“I never really took it seriously then as I got older, I got into weight training and got too big. I was overweight and so I got into boxing again purely to lose weight and fell in love with it again.
“I found out I’ve got a good talent and everyone said I should give it a go. I did a bit of amateur boxing for a couple of years. I only had five fights and I won all of them but I didn’t really like the amateur game – I should have had 8-10 fights but there were a lot of pull-outs and all that nonsense.
“I’ve thought about going pro for a couple of years. Obviously because of my age I’ve been really indecisive but I kept training, I loved sparring with professionals and even they said I’ve got a gift there, with power and a good jab, so I thought I’d give it a go.
“You never know where it might take me over the next five years or so. I could end up being in a good place.
“It’s now or never. First things first I want to get the stoppage and impress on my debut.”
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.
Paul ‘The Incredible’ Holt headlines the show against Swindon’s Joe Beeden over four rounds as he looks to make a winning start to life under the Black Country Boxing banner.
West Bromwich middleweight, Tom Stokes, steps in with Telford’s Kieran Gray and West Bromwich heavyweight, Matt Gordon, takes on Czech Republic’s Jindrich Valecky. West Bromwich super featherweight, Jack Summers, takes on Leeds’ Russ Midgeley, and Birmingham light middleweight debutant, Luke Walker, takes on Yeovil’s Bryn Wain.