Johnny Brooks - 6' 2" - 172 lbs - Pro Record 2 wins - 1 draw - 2 ko's - rated 162 in USA.

From the desk of Brian J. Kennedy,

Not to be out done by his brother Marcus, who fights on HBO Pay Per View August 12th, Johnny Brooks looks to step up his own game on August 19th, when he fights for the CBA (Carolina's Boxing Organization) Light Heavyweight Title. On the heals of an upsurge in activity for South Carolina boxing, Johnny Brooks takes on fellow prospect Thomas Brown at The Rock Hill National Guard Armory, in Rock Hill, S.C. This gives Brown, with a 7-1-1 record, home advantage considering he trains out of the nearby York Boxing

The fight looks to be a competitive one and should help determine the future for these two up and coming fighters. The Puerto Rico raised Brooks is a better fighter than his 4-3-1 record would indicate and sparring sessions with top contender Berry Butler have given him a renewed confidence as of late. Johnny turned pro after gaining valuable experience in the amateurs going 20-5, while fighting the likes of Super Middleweight contender James McGirt, son of former fighter turned trainer, James Buddy McGirt. Under the guidance of trainer Jose Molina and with the help of Billy Stanick's White Rock Gym both Marcus and Johnny Brooks have recently gained wider exposure by fighting on ESPN and taking fights outside of their comfort zone here in the Carolinas.

Fighters need to take tough fights and this seems to be the approach in taking on an opponent like Thomas Brown. In speaking with York Boxing Academy's Shane Benfield, who happens to be one South Carolina's best fighters himself and trains alongside Thomas Brown, this is a solid match-up that had to be made. Thomas Brown is a quality fighter with a stellar amateur background, in which he went 25-5 and reached the Top 5 in the National Junior Olympics. With the Light Heavyweight division being wide-open these days, there is plenty of incentive for these two young boxers to make a name for themselves.

This professional boxing match is the final headliner of a two week Toughman Contest, which begins on August 12th and finishes on August 19th. The first night of the Toughman Contest on August 12th will feature undefeated professional Josh Green in
the Main Event! The fighting starts at 7:30pm both nights and tickets are $20.00. For more information call Shane Benfield at 803-417-6681.






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