'Bad News' for Nava fight
Trinidad-born six-time women's world boxing champion Lisa "Bad News" Brown will attempt to regain the World Boxing Association super-bantamweight title when she takes on holder Jackie "La Princesa Azteca" Nava at the La Cetto Vineyard, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico on August 18.
Forty-one year-old Brown grew up in Laventille and went to Morvant -Laventille Government School before leaving here as a 14-year-old for Canada where she currently lives. Brown (19 wins, 5 defeats, three draws) held the WBA belt until losing a controversial decision in Panama against home favourite Chantal Martinez in April 2010. Thirty-two year-old Nava (27 wins, four defeats, three draws) then took the title from Martinez by unanimous decision in January 2012.
Since losing the WBA belt, Brown has won another world title, the WIBA super-bantamweight crown with a fourth round tko victory over Colombian Angela Marciales in November at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain.
Brown's local promoter Tansley Thompson said the Nava fight gives Brown a chance to regain a title he felt she did not lose fairly. Thompson also regrets that Brown could not have fought Nava in Trinidad and Tobago.
"This is a girl who grew up right here in Laventille and went to Red Hill Government School. She did not even start fighting until she was 29 and has won six world titles," Thompson said. "She is determined to win back this title, and I am channeling my energy into giving this girl the same support that I did with Leslie "Tiger' Stewart and David Noel. "
Thompson expects to be at the fight and hopes to have a small contingent of local boxing fans in Mexico supporting Brown on the night.