Boxer Brown still in top shape despite lockdown

April 14, 2021
Cristian Salcedo of Colombia (right) throws a punch to Ricardo Brown of Jamaica during the second round of their men’s heavy 91kg semi-final boxing match at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in July 2019.
Cristian Salcedo of Colombia (right) throws a punch to Ricardo Brown of Jamaica during the second round of their men’s heavy 91kg semi-final boxing match at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in July 2019.

Jamaica Olympic super heavyweight boxer Ricardo Brown said he has been able stay in great shape despite the coronavirus restrictions in Canada, which has forced the closure of the Dewith boxing studio, where he trains.

Brown, who migrated to the North American country over a year ago to work under established Jamaican coach Dewith Frazer, and to work on some deficiencies, said he has made much progress.

And now more than ever, he believes he can book a spot in the Tokyo Olympics when he heads into the reschedule qualifiers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from May 6 to 17.

The qualifiers were schedule to take place between March and April of last year but was postponed because of the global pandemic.

"Things have been going good," Brown told STAR Sports. "Yes, the gym has been closed for some time. But I am here every day, still training and working out and keeping active.

"COVID held us back a little, but we have been able to still train and do the things we want to work on," he continued.

He noted that under Frazer's tutelage he has made phenomenal strides in his boxing, but most significant is the use of his right hand, and he has been extremely please with the progress he had made in this aspect.

"I have been working on my right hand and I am much more advanced on it than before. I am not a hundred per cent as yet, but I am much better with it right now, so the improvements have been really taking place," he stated.

Brown, who took the bronze medal at the 2019 Pan American Games and is ranked 16th in the super heavyweight class by the International Boxing Association, says he feels good about his chances of making the Tokyo showpiece and he continues to work towards the objective meticulously.

"I have been working hard and I feel very good. I am feeling ready. I am ready to go at any moment.

"I am in very good shape right now, so I expect good things. With the improvements, I really fancy my chances of making the Olympics. So I am still in the gym, still working hard even though we have a lockdown here (Canada). I am working hard every day. I have never stopped," he insisted.

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