WATCH: Catching up with former contender Bryant Brannon

TRENTON, N.J. — No dialogue concerning the boxing historical past of New Jersey’s capital metropolis can happen with out mentioning Bryant Brannon.

The previous tremendous middleweight contender from Trenton fought skilled between 1992 and 1999, earlier than returning for single bouts in 2002 and 2005. He’s greatest remembered for his 1996 title problem of a first-rate Roy Jones Jr., giving a spirited effort earlier than being knocked out in two rounds at Madison Sq. Backyard.

Brannon, now 56, was among the many former skilled boxers who have been celebrated at an beginner boxing present on Saturday, September 10 for his or her contributions to Trenton’s boxing historical past. Brannon, together with 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Terrance Cauthen and others obtained awards from the occasion’s organizer Robert Smarr of Knuckle Sport Boxing in Trenton, to commemorate their inductions into the New Jersey Boxing Corridor of Fame.

Brannon fought his approach up the rankings the arduous approach, and lists his greatest second because the night time he beat Frank Rhodes in 1995 to win the NABF tremendous middleweight title. Brannon suffered a extreme minimize within the first spherical, however was in a position to get the combat to the fourth spherical, when he received a technical determination.

“My proudest second as a fighter was after I received my first nationwide title, which was the NABF championship. I had suffered a headbutt within the first spherical and it was a really dangerous headbutt and the referee needed to cease the combat however I inspired him to provide me a couple of rounds,” Brannon tells The Ring.

Brannon then went on to defeat future tremendous middleweight titleholder Eric Lucas in his subsequent bout, however his profession by no means really rebounded after the Jones loss. He fought on till 1999, when a knockout loss to James Butler derailed his goals of returning to the world title degree.

Brannon says he hopes to dedicate time within the native gyms to serving to boxers, and he has a couple of classes he can train the boxers – and nearly anybody else – concerning the significance of side-stepping distractions outdoors of the ring. He had been shot a number of occasions, and turned his life round after serving time for theft, and advises different younger boxing aspirants to remain away from troubles that may minimize their boxing goals quick.

“I might allow them to know that their worst opponent and their opponent is unquestionably themselves,” stated Brannon.

“If a fighter goes to be an awesome fighter, one of the best factor that they should do is say no to medicine, say no to alcohol, crime and the gang exercise. They usually can accomplish something that they wish to do within the sport of boxing.”


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