Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CHARLIE "White Lightning" BROWN

   Sept. 21, 1992 saw Charlie "White Lightning" Brown open his professional boxing career with a first round knockout over Chester Jackson.


   He stayed very busy and within 7 months he was 15-0 winning 14 by knockout, and ready for his first big step up in class as he faced Angel Cruz (14-4-1, 5 ko) at the Felt Forum in New York, stopping Cruz by tko in round 8.  It was an impressive performance that pushed him into contender status.

   Two fights later, Brown fought and defeated former World Champion Alfredo Escalera via 10 round unanimous decision, that was Escalera's final pro fight.  He won 4 more bouts in a row against opponents whose records totaled 62-5-2, setting him up for a showdown bout against fellow undefeated contender Louie Burke (18-0, 11 ko) in Burke's home town of Las Cruces, NM and featured on CBS Television.  It was a fan pleasing affair that saw both men battle to the final bell, but it was Brown who got a controversial Majority Decision victory on scores of 95-95, 96-95, and 97-93.  The CBS announcing crew agreed with about 95% of the crowd in feeling that Burke had clearly won the bout.  Nevertheless, Brown's record was now 23-0, 17 ko's and world ranked.

   Sept. 1, 1984 Charlie got his shot at a world title.  He would have to travel to Ohio and face unbeaten world champion Harry Arroyo (24-0, 18 ko) for the IBF Lightweight World Championship.  Brown started off good taking the lead on the judges scorecards, but Arroyo's power changed everything, and "White Lightning" Brown was stopped in the 8th round.

   Brown went on to face many other world class contenders including: Harold Brazier, Greg Haugen, Jake "The Snake" Rodriguez (for the NY State Jr. Welter Title), and a big win against former world champion Saoul Mamby.  He went 6-4 during that stretch, but his performance was good enough to land him a shot at Johnny Bizarro (24-4-2, 11 ko) for the vacant IBO Welterweight Title.  Brown dropped a 12 round decision in what would turn out to be his final shot at a title belt.

   Brown would fight 6 more times, including his final bout, being stopped in round 2, against world ranked Ralph "Tiger" Jones (23-1, 15 ko).

   Charlie "White Lightning" Brown ended his pro career with a record of: 31 wins, 11 losses, with 21 KO's.

See Charlie's Complete Pro Ledger: CLICK HERE

If you would like to see Charlie "White Lightning" Brown in action, I have these bouts available on DVD:

1. LUKE LECCE                             [tko-9]
2. ALFREDO ESCALERA              [w-10]
3. LOUIE BURKE                           [w-10]
4. ARNIE WELLS                           [tko-2]
5. GREG HAUGEN                         [tko-by-1]
6. RALPH "Tiger" JONES                [tko-by-2] (Charlie's Last Pro Bout)





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