Team USA’s Marcus Browne
Qualifies for the 2012 Olympic Games with a Quarterfinal Win in
by Julie Goldsticker
May 9, 2012
(MAY 9) Light heavyweight
Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) officially qualified for the 2012
Olympic Games with a quarterfinal victory at the Americas Qualifier in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Tuesday afternoon. Browne is the
first American boxer to qualify at the event, which features the top
boxers from north, central and south America. The 21-year-old took on
the Dominican Republic’s Felix Valera in the light heavyweight
quarterfinal contest. Knowing the high stakes, Browne grabbed control of
the bout early and enjoyed a 7-2 lead after the first round. The pace
slowed over the next two rounds with Browne taking a 9-3 advantage into
the last three points. He held on to his lead in the final round to win
a 12-6 final decision and a light heavyweight berth in the 2012 Olympic
Games in London.
Courtesy Photo: USA Boxing sent with story
Browne, who began boxing at
the age of 13 after following a friend to the boxing gym, was one of the
three Olympic Trials winners competing in the Americas Qualifier in Rio
de Janeiro. He fell just short of qualifying internationally at the 2011
World Championships, but stayed focused on his Olympic dream despite the
“Well it’s been a long road, but I finally got to where I wanted to with
sacrifice and hard work,” Browne said. “I just want to thank all of the
people who stood behind me through thick and thin. I can’t wait to get
home and get focused on winning the gold in London.”
A product of the Atlas Cops N Kids gym in Staten Island, N.Y., and
trained by Gary Stark, Sr., Browne is a two-time National PAL Champion
the 2012 USA Boxing National Champion. A southpaw noted for his strong
punching power, Browne recorded first round stoppages in his opening
bouts at both the 2011 World Championships in Azerbaijan and his
Americas Qualifier first round contest in Brazil.
He will represent the United States in the same weight class as the most
recent U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Andre Ward, when he takes the ring in
London. In 2008, the United States did not have a light heavyweight
representative as Christopher Downs failed to qualify.
With Browne’s win, the United States has four boxers qualified for
London with the light heavyweight joining flyweight Rau’shee Warren
(Cincinnati, Ohio), bantamweight Joseph Diaz, Jr. (S. El Monte, Calif.)
and welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas).
Light welterweight Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y.) will look to bring the
total to five when he takes the ring against Yoelvis Hernandez of
Venezuela at approximately 6:45 p.m. ET.
Quarterfinal Bout Result
178 lbs: Marcus Browne, Staten Island, N.Y./USA dec. Felix Valera, DOM,
Marcus Browne Bio
Weight: Light heavyweight/178 lbs
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Coach’s name: Gary Stark
Club name: Park Hill Boxing Club
Began boxing: At age 13, I followed my friend N’Wachi Hartley, to the
gym and have been there ever since. He passed away in 2008 but his
memory still motivates me to this day
Did you know?: I like to roller blade
2012 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS CHAMPION
2010 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPION
2008 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPION
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