Simon Brown out to make up for lost time, starting with McGirt

November 28, 1991|By Alan Goldstein

Simon says he will defend his share of the welterweight title against World Boxing Association champion Meldrick Taylor.

Simon says he wants to challenge World Boxing Council welterweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez.

Simon says he will move up in weight to battle WBC junior-middleweight king Terry Norris.

Simon says he wants to avenge his only professional loss, to former welterweight champion Marlon Starling.

The Simon in question is welterweight champion Simon Brown of Mount Airy, who will defend his WBC crown against top-ranked Buddy McGirt of Long Island, N.Y., in Las Vegas tomorrow night (Showtime, 10).

Brown (34-1, 26 KOs) has set an ambitious fight schedule for 1992, seemingly trying to make up for the time he lost recuperating from a summer sparring injury to his left hand that has sidelined him since he stopped his best friend and former stablemate, Maurice Blocker, last March.

"I just want to stay busy, fighting every three months, if possible," said the Jamaican-born fighter, still showing traces of his lilting island accent. "I'll fight Taylor, Chavez or Norris, whatever matches bring me the most recognition and biggest purses."

Having gone through three managers and trainers since first turning pro under the guidance of Jose "Pepe" Correa in 1982, Brown now handles his own boxing affairs with Maryland attorney James Cooks acting as his adviser and former champion Emile Griffith as his mentor.

"I manage myself now," he said, "and I plan on keeping it that way until I retire."

Many questioned the wisdom of Brown's decision this year to form an alliance with promoter Don King, who has been accused of short-changing a number of prominent fighters. But Brown said he has profited from the association after suing to sever his boxing ties with Alan Balboin and Don Elbaum.

"So far, being with King has worked for me," he said. "If anything goes bad, then I'll have only myself to blame."

McGirt (54-2-1), ranked No. 1 by the WBC, WBA and International Boxing Federation, could be Brown's sternest test since he won the title three years ago by knocking out Tyrone Trice in the 14th round.

"I've been studying McGirt for a long time," said Brown. "We were supposed to fight in 1988, when he was the IBF junior welterweight champion, but we never got it on."

NOTES: The card also will feature an NABF super-middleweight title fight pitting champion Randall Yonker (23-1, 17 KOs) of Mobile, Ala., against Michael Nunn (36-1, 24 KOs) of Agoura, Calif.

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