Marcus Browne (l.) will be competing in a bout on April 16 and watching his brother, Marcus, compete two days later.
Going back-to-back on Brooklyn’s biggest boxing stage, the Browne brothers are taking Barclays Center by storm.
After 11 professional fights and 11 victories, former Olympian and New York Daily News Golden Gloves champion Marcus Browne is starting to feel at home in the Brooklyn venue. Of course, he cautions himself about getting too comfortable because he still hasn’t reached his ultimate goal of headlining main events at the arena.
He’s working toward that one fight at a time, and his April 16 bout with Radivoje Kalajdzic is just another step forward. But two days after it’s over, whatever the outcome, Marcus will become a spectator in the dimly lit stands of Barclays to watch his brother, Brandon, in the finals of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament.
“He’s coming up,” Marcus said. “I always tell him to be better than me. He’s ready to make a name for himself, and come the 18th he’s gonna do that.”
The brothers hesitated to call their relationship a rivalry, though they do still spar in what Brandon called intense sessions.
“They’re as intense as I want them to be,” Marcus laughed.
On the afternoons before their respective fights, the brothers will talk shop, with Marcus giving his sibling advice on eating habits and focus in the ring.
That voice in the younger Browne’s ear has become one of wisdom and guidance, though Marcus said he could imagine it being irritating at times. Brandon didn’t see it that way, calling Marcus more of a father figure than a brother.
“He really said that?” Marcus laughed aloud when he heard the compliment. “I think because I’m that annoying older brother who’s always trying to teach him the right things. I just try to keep positivity. I want him to live on that clear path.”