By RON FANFAIR
The game plan was simple. Canadian-based boxer, Lisa “Bad News” Brown’s mission was to successfully defend her four titles against Maribel Santana of the Dominican Republic and dedicate the victory to Trinidadian pugilist, Giselle Salandy, who died in a car crash in January. And, she did just that!
Brown easily defeated Santana by a third round technical knockout in their junior featherweight contest in Trinidad recently. She boosted her record to 16 wins, three losses and three defeats.
“I trained extremely hard in the five weeks leading up to the contest,” said Brown, who was fighting in her birth country for the first time in three years. “I did not have access to any tapes of my opponent so my plan was to take the fight to her early and see what she had.
“I felt her out in the first round, picked her apart in the second and basically finished the job in the third round. No fight is easy, but I was in superb physical shape and ready for the challenge ahead of me.”
Guyanese referee, Eion Jardine, halted the scheduled 10-round bout at the 1:45 mark of the third round.
Brown’s agent and assistant trainer, Richard Lewis, said he was very impressed with his fighter’s performance.
“Lisa started her professional career as a banger who would just stand there and slug it out,” he said. “But, in the last five fights, we have seen a new Lisa. She’s now rotating superbly off the ball of her feet and throwing punches from various angels with both hands. Her balance is better and she’s now a technician in the ring. That’s what her camp wanted out of her because we knew that she had the potential to be a beautiful and effective fighter.”
Brown, whose husband, Errol, assists with her training, dedicated the victory to Salandy who she met for the first time when she defeated Jackie Chavez in a Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) title bout in September 2005 in Trinidad.
“We talked a bit and I was very impressed by her ability and the things she wanted to accomplish in the ring,” Brown said. “I was devastated when she passed away in such tragic circumstances and I vowed that my next fight in Trinidad would be for her and what she accomplished in such a short time in the ring. She made her country proud and she paved the way for a new generation of female boxers to make their mark on the sport.”
Brown, who migrated to Canada in 1988 at age 17 and turned pro 12 years later after posting a 26-6 record as an amateur, is aiming to add the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC) titles to the WIBA, International Female Boxing Association, International Women’s Boxing Federation and North American Boxing Council belts she holds.
Argentinean Marcela Acuna holds the titles with a record of 31 wins and five losses, including 15 technical knockouts.
“If all the stars align properly, the goal is for Lisa to challenge for both titles by the end of the year,” said Lewis. “That, however, depends on many things falling into place because putting a fight like that together is not going to be that easy. However, it’s something that I will work hard from my end to try to achieve because I know Lisa wants it and she deserves it.”