Germaine Brown: “Training has been going well and I’m aware this is my toughest fight to date.”
By Henry Walter
“Talent… you won’t get by on talent.
A Lamborghini car if its got no petrol in it, it ain’t going nowhere. And if you don’t put the effort in in the gym then forget about it. It’s not that sort of sport, you get found out.”- Mick Carney MBE
The legendary amateur trainer Mick Carney MBE seemed to view talent with a mild disdain. Decades as an elite amateur trainer, including stints coaching both the British and Canadian Olympic teams, has taught him that hard work and determination trump talent any day of the week.
Kingston super-middleweight Germaine Brown is one of those rare fighters that possess both talent and a passionate dedication to their craft. The late Mr Carney would certainly have approved of his hard earned rise through the pro ranks.
Brown, 9-0 (3 KOs), worked diligently to develop his boxing ability at Carney’s renowned South London club, The Fitzroy Lodge. After proudly representing the famous club for several years the pros quickly beckoned and after seven relatively straightforward wins Brown made a significant jump up in class to face Sam Smith, then 8-2, for the Southern Area Title.
Most viewed the fight as a 50-50 affair going in, but Brown won comfortably after four rounds to take his first title. Guided by two former Lodge veterans in Adam Martin and Mick Guilfoyle, Brown has seamlessly adapted to the pro ranks.
Adam Martin has both a rapidly growing reputation as a trainer and rapidly expanding stable yet he has stated on several occasions that Brown is one of the most talented boxers he has ever worked with.
Next up after the Smith fight was an unlikely trip to Belarus to fight Russia’s Dmitrii Chudinov on his home show. It was a fight they were warned off taking by several boxing insiders.
“People said we were crazy, that we would never get a decision out there.”- Adam Martin
Yet that is exactly what they achieved with Brown flooring the veteran fighter on route to a one-sided points decision over eight rounds.
Now Brown faces arguably the biggest test of his career in Staffordshire’s Jamal Le Doux, 8-1 (4 KOs). The two will fight in a final eliminator for the English super-middleweight title this Saturday, live on Sky Sports, with Chris Eubank Jr topping the bill.
One person who will be watching with interest is former world champion George Groves. Groves brought Brown into his training camp as a sparring partner ahead of his WBA title defence against Eubank Jr in 2018 and was extremely impressed.
“He was a fantastic sparring partner for me, because he had all of the things you want in a young fighter. He would give it his all and he was willing to make the adjustments and learn.”- George Groves
The fight with Le Doux will present Brown with the chance to push his win tally into double figures and he is taking the contest extremely seriously.
“Training has been going well and I’m aware this is my toughest fight to date. I’ve been sparring with Joshua Buatsi. He stayed fit after his last fight to help me out.
“I believe this will be my biggest challenge as this is also a big opportunity for Jamal, so he’ll be more hungry and motivated for a win than Chudinov.”
With three KO wins in his last four outings it is easy to ponder whether this fight could end with another knockout win and Brown seems very confident that he can deliver.
“Jamal is a solid opponent. It would be easy to stop him but I believe his team will stop the fight due to him taking too much punishment!”
Brown vs Le Doux is one of those unmissable fights that feature two young prospects with similar records getting big exposure for the first time. They will both be looking to grab their opportunity with both hands but Brown represents that rarest of scenarios, when talent meets hard work and that can be an unstoppable combination.
Watch Germaine Brown vs Jamal Le Doux live on Sky Sports this Saturday from 7:30 PM.