Carisse Brown Set To Fight For National Golden Gloves Title

By Brady Fredericksen
The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) During the day, Brown cares full time for her mother, Ollie Brown, 78, who is battling dementia and is largely confined to a wheelchair. By night, she boxes. She’s only been fighting for a year, but has won a pair of state Golden Gloves belts. Now, she’s trying to add a second National Golden Gloves belt to her collection.

WINTER HAVEN

It’s easy to miss the Winter Haven Boxing Gym.

The small space shares its building with a transmission repair shop in the Inwood area of Winter Haven. The walls are splashed with colorful graffiti, and on an early May afternoon, the gym buzzed with activity.

Bouncing in the ring, throwing warm-up punches, was Carisse Brown.

The 31-year-old George Jenkins graduate was a week away from traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, to take part in the National Golden Gloves tournament that starts today. Brown is thin but muscular, built like a track athlete.

That’s what she was in a past life, setting numerous records at Jenkins before competing in the sprints and jumps at Florida A&M. She cut that career short to come back home and care for her ailing father, Charles Brown, who died in 2010.

During the day, Brown cares full time for her mother, Ollie Brown, 78, who is battling dementia and is largely confined to a wheelchair.

By night, she boxes. She’s only been fighting for a year, but has won a pair of state Golden Gloves belts.
Now, she’s trying to add a second National Golden Gloves belt to her collection.

“For years, I’ve been interested in martial arts,” said Brown, who won a national title last year. “Boxing, I never thought I would end up doing it, but I knew it requires great discipline and I needed that discipline back in me and I went ahead and gave it a try.”

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