Drew Brown returns to hometown for Sept 29 clash

Ringside 05/09/2017

Drew Brown’s end game is to bring a British title back ‘home’ as the youngster’s journey in professional boxing continues with his next ring date.

The 21-year-old is preparing to feature in his hometown of Northampton for a third time as a pro at the Deco in Northampton on September 29.

He features on BCB Promotions’ six-fight card, which has been titled ‘Friday Night Lights.’

Brown debuted at the Deco at super welterweight with a points win over Kevin McCauley last year and also beat Chris Jenkinson at the same venue, over-the-distance, in April.

He’s also defeated Ben Heap, Danny Little and Matthew Ashmole in or close to Birmingham, where he was first convinced to turn over.

Sparring trips to the second city as an amateur saw him meet Jon Pegg, who convinced him to punch for pay under his management.

It came after 42 unpaid fights with 32 fights for Far Cotton, the club in the district where he grew up and where he still trains most days.

His old amateur coach Jon Bailey puts him through his paces the most, when he’s not travelling to Birmingham gym Eastside to work with Pegg and coach Spencer McCracken.

Pegg’s training base contains the likes of Craig Cunningham and Sam Eggington, who Brown has been already entrusted to spar with. He holds up former Midlands, British, Commonwealth title holder and reigning European champion Eggington as a role model.

But he’s a Far Cotton boy through and through and he’s determined to land them the rich prizes that has so far eluded them.

Graduates Nathan Reeve and Ashley Lane have gone for national titles in the pro ranks but have, so far, come up short.

Reeve is also in action on September 29, for the first time since he was outpointed for the English super flyweight crown against Louis Norman nearly four years ago.

Lane lifted a Midlands bantamweight strap after Ryan Farrag ruined his hopes of English honours, but will soon challenge Michael Ramabeletsa for the Commonwealth title. He was due to appear on Friday Night lights before the Commonwealth call came about.

Theirs and Eggington’s never-say-die attitude inspires Brown, who explained: “My heart will always be with Far Cotton and I’m still very close to everyone there.

“It’s becoming a race to see who will do the club the proudest after becoming a pro and the lads are getting their opportunities.

“I’ve got my sights set on the British, it’s all I’ve ever dreamed of since I first started boxing when I was 10.

“I feel like I’ve already justified my decision to turn over with five wins and I’ve got a great team around me, both in Northampton and Birmingham.

“Jon Bailey knows me inside out and Jon Pegg brought me into the pro game, while Spencer has also played a big part.

“Sparring with Craig and Sam is awesome, Craig is the most awkward of southpaws and Sam is a relentless pressure fighter. They have both taught me so much.

“I can’t wait until my next fight, I love to brawl but I feel like I know how to box and mix it up now. I can perform as the situation dictates.

“If I can get the balance right, I’ll be able to achieve what I want to and that starts with my next fight. I’m looking forward to it.”

Brown has been supported by A1 County Couriers and Safe & Secure Security, both of Northampton, in the run-up to fight night.

Joining him and Reeve on the Deco bill is a host of local talent, all boxing on their own turf with the exception of Connor Parker, from Swadlincote in Derbyshire.

Brothers Curtis and Dominic Felix and Jamie Spence, the latter an 11-year pro, will enjoy the cheers from their supporters.

Tickets for ‘Friday Night Lights’ are £30 standard unreserved seating (£40 on the door), £45 Front Tier Stalls and £50 Ringside Tables with Buffet. They are available by calling 07909 442 443.

Doors open at 6:30pm with boxing commencing at 7:30pm at The Deco Abington Square, Northampton, NN1 4AE.