Tiara Brown of Lehigh Acres has a dream: standing in the middle of the podium at the summer Olympics in London next year, and receiving a gold medal in boxing. She's the #2 ranked woman in her weight class in the USA.
"I think it is my time to shine. Enough of being number two, that is horrible to me! I want to show that I am the best in the world," the 23-year old Brown told WINK News.
She is visiting her mother during the Thanksgiving week in Lehigh Acres, taking a break from the long and arduous training days at the Headbangers Boxing Club in Washington D.C. That is where she trains for the Olympic trials, to be held in February, 2012, in Spokane, Washington.
"I am powerful, accurate, fast, and slick. It gives me chills when opponents try to hit me, and they can't because I am so fast. I can see that they are getting frustrated, because they can't touch me," Brown said.
The Fort Myers native got into boxing through the Fort Myers Police Athletic League. She graduated from college in Georgia, boxing as an amateur in her spare time. She is feisty, opinionated and very confident.
"I want to show that I am the best boxer in any weight class in all of the world," she said. "I want the women to show that we are just as good as the men in boxing, if not better!"