D.C. Metro’s ‘Officer of The Year’ Tiara Brown dominates Angel Gladney for her first title – the NABO Jr Lightweight title
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2019) – Recognition for undefeated Junior Lightweight Tiara “The Dark Menace” Brown in 2019, has come in a variety of forms. Earlier in the year the law enforcement veteran received the Metropolitan Police Department’s award as ‘Officer of the Year’ for her district.
National recognition came as comedian and radio/TV host Steve Harvey acknowledged Brown during a segment on his daytime talk show. Back in April Brown, originally from Fort Myers, Florida, returned to her hometown to award a local high school graduate with the first athletic scholarship in her name. This coincided with the one year anniversary of Fort Myers’ mayor Randy Henderson proclaiming April 16 ‘Tiara Brown Day’, when she received a key to the city for outstanding athletic and education achievement.
All great accolades for the spiritual and modest 30-year old, but a void may have still existed for a woman who dedicates a good portion of everyday training intensely to sharpen her boxing skills in hopes of duplicating her amateur success among the professional ranks.
Last night at Washington, D.C.’s Entertainment and Sports Arena, Brown fought in the co-main event of Tricky Entertainment’s ‘DC Fight Night’, and the evening culminated with Brown’s hand being raised as the new North American Boxing Organization’s Junior Lightweight champion. A WBO inter-continental title that fellow DMV-based fighter Lamont Roach, incidentally, also holds in the men’s 130-pound division.
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Brown brilliantly fought her way to her sixth knockout, and win No. 8, by out-classing and stopping Angel “Non-Stop” Gladney (10-15-1, 6 KOs) in the sixth round of their bout. Despite the two-minute time limit for women’s boxing, Brown’s relaxed approach and patience against Gladney resembled NFL running back Le’Veon Bell as the two-time All-Pro back calmly surveys defenses behind the protection of his offensive line before exploding through gaps to pick up positive yards.
As the shorter Gladney attempted to press her way inside to avoid senselessly standing at the very end of the 5-foot 7-inch Brown’s attack, she was constantly caught with barrages of left and right hooks, as well as uppercuts for a change of a pace. Brown fought well coming forward, scoring accurately with her power punches, when she wanted to impose her size and power at both mid-range and inside. She also conserved energy working off her back foot, when her opponent was most determined to get inside.
Brown effortlessly rolled her upper body from side to side in a fluid rhythm to rock Gladney with hooks, from both hands, and seamlessly turned the South Carolina native as her weight regularly got out in front of her front knee desperately looking for contact. This objective was made difficult as Brown displayed great vision and anticipation. Brown’s footwork kept her off-line from Gladney ‘s straight forward pressure, and with the angles her feet created Brown found openings to Gladney ‘s head and body.
Gladney opted to move outside for most of the fifth round, in an attempt to utilize more of the ring, and to see if she could be more successful moving in and out to connect while getting hit less. Brown adjust accordingly, and by the early moments of the sixth round the hometown hero’s accuracy established enough of a sense of law and order that convinced referee Kenny Chevalier step in to waive off the fight, protecting Gladney from any further undue punishment.
Congratulations to our own Officer Tiara Brown @tiarabrownbox for winning the IBF Intercontinental Belt on Saturday night! She was cheered on by @ChiefNewsham 🏆🥊#champion #dcpolice #proud #NABO pic.twitter.com/YrfDeAOdLs
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) May 19, 2019
The event was streamed on Facebook by Fight Night Live! with commentary provided by boxing writer Michael Woods and the DMV’s current WBC Super Middleweight champion Franchón Crews-Dezurn. At the time this article was published the post of the link on Facebook indicated 134,000 total views, 275 shares, 1,200-plus comments and over 4,400 likes.
The performance was one of just a few since Brown’s 2018 signing with DiBella Entertainment, and now that she has a title on her résumé, and more folks become keen about her skill level, this should shorten the timetable for her to receive a shot at her first world title.
All photos by Fair Shake Boxing