|Ford (L) and Brown (R). Credit: ISNWW.com|
Ryizeemmion Ford won't be the only one representing Alliance tonight at the MGM Northfield Park as amateur light heavyweight Rockill Brown will enter the ring for the ninth time in his career.
While this might be the biggest stage Brown has had the opportunity to box on, the transplant from High Point, North Carolina is no stranger to competing, especially in front of crowds.
Brown, 25, is a former defensive lineman for NCAA Divison III football powerhouse Mount Union.
"The transition to boxing from football was challenging at first," said Brown. "But the one consistent in the two is hard work pays off and putting my nose to the ground and focusing on my craft day after day has put me in the position I need to be in to succeed just like football".
While Brown might be fairly new to competing in the boxing ring, this is not the first rodeo between the ropes for the former gridiron standout.
"I boxed for a couple years as a child but found I had talent in football so I stuck with it but I always had a passion to box," Brown explained. "After I finished my career at Mount Union I refused to stay inactive and ran into Ryzeemion Ford at a local restaurant where my fire was lit once again to get in the ring and box".
Ford did more than just help ignite the fire in Brown to box again as the two have become friends as well as stablemates working under trainers Lorenzo Scott and Greg Sampson at Common Ground Athletic Club in Alliance.
"Having Ryizeemmion by my side has been a great blessing in the field of boxing," said Brown when asked what having someone with the talent of Ford around him at the gym meant to him. "Getting tips and getting punched by a much more experienced boxer teaches you to listen with your eyes and learn with your body, he is a great motivation and continues to push me day in and day out".
While Brown is enjoying learning and fighting as an amateur, the 7-1 fighter knows that the sky could be the limit for him in the sweet science.
"I plan on taking my career to the pro level," said Brown. "The goal has always been the same, be the best man and boxer I can be and I will be a champion one day. I just have to follow the correct path".
Brown will take on Charles Smith in the opening bout of tonights Pro-Am card being promoted by WFC.