STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 27) – Just two days before he steps in to the ring at the Barclays Center for his seventh professional bout, 2012 U.S. Olympian and light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) will be honored for his contributions to his beloved hometown of Staten Island. The Staten Island branch of the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) has named Browne as one of the six recipients of the 2013 William A. Morris Humanitarian Award.
The 23-year-old Browne will receive the award at the Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday afternoon in Staten Island. Saturday’s event marks the 26th annual William A. Morris Humanitarian Awards and the 2013 celebration will highlight 104 years of struggle for the nation’s oldest civil rights organization and 88 years of existence for the Staten Island branch.
A member of the 2012 United States Olympic Team and a rising star in the professional ranks, Browne is committed to setting a positive example for the young people within his Staten Island community and beyond. He wants to ensure that today’s youth know that it is possible to reach their own goals no matter their current situation, and that hard work and focus in the right areas will be rewarded with success.
The Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals in the community who have demonstrated commitment to the fundamental principles of the NAACP to combat racial discrimination and personify humanitarian characteristics.
Browne will face Lamont Williams in a six-round light heavyweight showdown on Monday night’s Golden Boy Live! Series at the Barclays Center and live on Fox Sports 1. Following a decorated amateur career, Browne turned professional in November of 2012, and has racked up a perfect 6-0 record with a 100 percent knockout rate in the paid ranks. Monday night’s bout will be his fourth at the Barclays Center and his fifth in the New York area.