By RON FANFAIR
The news was all good last week for Canada’s most decorated female pugilist, Lisa “Bad News” Brown. She received an outstanding payment for her last championship fight in Trinidad & Tobago six months ago and she is preparing for an upcoming fight in South Korea.
Brown, who was self-managed at the time, negotiated for a US$7,500 purse to defend her four titles against Mirabel Santana of the Dominican Republic, who she easily disposed of by a third round technical knockout in their junior featherweight clash.
The final payment of $4,500 settles a dispute she had with a promoter in T & T with regards to her fee.
“The main reason why I took the fight … last March was because it was a tribute to Giselle Salandy (A fellow T & T fighter who died in a car crash last January — Brown dedicated the win to her) and the card was part of an International Women’s Day celebration.
Brown, who grew up in Laventille before migrating to Canada in 1988, said she would consider opportunities to fight again in the land of her birth.
Brown is now fully concentrating on preparing for her upcoming championship bout against 26-year-old Hyo-Min Kim in South Korea on October 15.
The reigning Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA), International Female Boxing Association (IFBA), International Women’s Boxing Federation (IWBF) and North American Boxing Council (NABC) super bantamweight champion is moving up in class to fight the Korean – who is unbeaten in three professional fights – for the vacant IFBA featherweight (126 pounds) crown.
“The only thing I know about Kim is her ring record, vital statistics and the fact that she’s orthodox,” said the 38-year-old Brown, who began boxing as an amateur 12 years ago and amassed a 26-6 record before turning pro in 1999. “I will treat her as every other boxer I have faced and that means I will go in the ring, dictate the pace and fight my fight.”
With the support of her husband Errol who is her trainer, Brown quit her full-time job earlier this year to focus more on her sport.
“I am getting older and facing bigger and better competition,” said Brown, who trains six days a week. “That means I have to work harder and also get the rest I need for my body to recover. I simply can’t do that while holding down another job. For now, boxing is my full-time job.”
The former two-time Ontario amateur bantamweight champion starts her day with a solo 12-kilometre run around her Brampton neighbourhood before retreating to her basement for two hours of light training that includes speed work. After a short break, she heads to the Cabbagetown gym in mid-afternoon to fulfill a demanding four-hour workout schedule that includes weight training, skipping and bag, pad and ring work.
“By the time I am finished at around 7 p.m., I am in pain and very exhausted,” said Brown. “It’s physical and mental torture but you know it’s worth it and you are really reaching your full fitness peak when the body hurts and you feel that way. It’s the price you have to pay for success in this sport.”
Brown – whose record is 16 wins, three losses and three draws – last fought outside the Caribbean and North America in December 2004 when she unsuccessfully challenged Sharon Anyos, considered Australia’s best-ever female boxer, for her Women’s Boxing Federation featherweight belt in Queensland. It was the Canadian’s first loss.
She said that the travel, fighting in what she expects to be a hostile environment and the lay-off since her last fight in March, will not affect her.
“Once a bout comes up, I will be ready,” Brown added. “As in all my fights, I am very confident going into this one and I promise my fans and all Canadians that I will deliver them good news next month.”
Brown and her entourage leave for South Korea on October 7.