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JM | Nov 24, 2021

Jamaica’s Olympic boxer Ricardo Brown goes pro

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Jamaican heavyweight boxer Ricardo ‘Big 12’ Brown has turned professional.

The gigantic boxer, who represented Jamaica at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan this past summer, has signed a contract with United Boxing Promotions in Canada.

“Everyone loves heavyweights and at 6’7”, Ricardo is a massive heavyweight,” said Tyler Buxton of United Boxing Promotions.

“They call him ‘Big 12’ for a reason. He has knockout power in both hands. I’m excited to launch Ricardo’s professional career and build a platform for professional boxing in Jamaica with Big 12 leading the way.”

HAPPY AND HUMBLED

Brown, a Pan Am Games bronze medalist, became the first Jamaican to fight at the Olympics since 1996. He said he was looking forward to his career as a professional.

“I’m very happy to be a part of the United Boxing Promotions. I’m humbled and I am looking forward to see what United Boxing Promotions have to offer me as I start my boxing career,” he said, adding that he hopes to inspire youngsters in both Jamaica and Canada, where he now resides.

“Stay determined, disciplined, honest, and focused. You too can be in the Olympic ring one day, or even have a professional boxing career.”

“Having witnessed first-hand the trajectory of ‘Big12’ Brown’s career from a novice to elite national representative and medalist, I am more than excited about the possibilities this his professional future entails.”

Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones, president of the Jamaica Boxing Board

Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones, president of the Jamaica Boxing Board, fully endorsed Brown’s transition to the professional ranks.

“Having witnessed first-hand the trajectory of ‘Big12’ Brown’s career from a novice to elite national representative and medalist, I am more than excited about the possibilities this his professional future entails,” the boxing board president said.

“I am not only certain that it will be a bright one but I truly believe he has all that it takes to be a future world heavyweight champion and we look forward to him fighting as a pro here on home soil.”

Born and raised in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Brown was introduced to boxing at an early age but now trains in Canada with Dewith Frazer.

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