Ed Brown (boxer)

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Ed Brown (Born October 10, 1990, Died December 4, 2016) was an American Professional Boxer. Brown was born and raised in the Garfield Park Neighborhood on Chicago's West Side. He began training as a boxer at The Garfield Park Field House at a young age under the tutelage of head trainer George Hernandez. Brown's mother was one of 21 people who died in the 2003 E2 Night Club Stampede on Chicago's south side. Brown won several state and regional tournaments as a junior in the USA Boxing system. Brown also won the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament in the men's open division in 2010 and 2011. Brown's 2012 USA Olympic Team bid was ended when he was shot on two separate occasions. At the age of 18 Brown received a large sum of money as part of the settlement over the death of his mother at the E2 Night Club.

Brown turned professional December 14th 2012 at the Cicero Stadium using the fight moniker "Bad Boy". Brown was shot later that month. Brown fought two more times in 2013 before he was shot again and spent 10 months in Cook County Corrections on a gun charge. While in jail Boxing Manager, Mike Cericola a union plumber from the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago presented Ed Brown to Las Vegas Boxing Manager Cameron Dunkin. Dunkin remembered Brown from watching him as an amateur at the Police Athletic League National Tournament. Dunkin signed Brown to managerial contract and Brown fought 13 fights over a six month period including three fights in August of 2015. On September 30th 2016, Brown scored a TKO victory over Robert Acevedo as part of the live TV broadcast on CBS Sports Network, he was interviewed post fight by commentator Paulie Malignaggi. In Brown's biggest fight of his career, he battled former world ranked contender Albert Mensah on November 11th 2016 in Philadelphia, Brown won a unanimous decision. Brown was scheduled to fight on Showtime Sports ShowBox Next Generation telecast on January 20th 2017. Brown was a member of The Broke Team, a group of professional boxers who train at Garfield Park which includes world ranked contender Adrian Granados.

In the early hours of December 3rd 2016 after returning home from a work out, Brown was sitting in his car in front of his home in Garfield Park when an unknown gunman opened fire. Brown was struck several times including in the head. Hundreds of Brown's friends and loved ones visited Brown at Mount Sinia Hospital. Brown's injuries where too severe and he died early the next evening on December 4th. Brown is survived by a 3 year old daughter.

After his death boxing commentators Paulie Malignaggi, and Antonio Tarver posted via Twitter about Brown's tragic death and potential.

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