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Area boxer gets ready for his first pro bout

Shawn Brooks, a local fighter from Thomson, will be getting his first shot at a pro fight.

The fight is set for Friday in Connecticut.

"I'll be flying out Wednesday and getting all of my physicals done, then getting prepared for the fight," Brooks said.

He has been training for two months now and says he is ready.

"I'm ready for the fight, but I'm still nervous," Brooks said, "not because of the fight, just because this is my shot at a professional career, and I'm just really excited for my career to take off from this point."

He has been training in facilities in Macon, Ga.

"I just want to thank all of my friends and family who have helped me along the way, from the training facilities, and helping me train," said Brooks.

He has been working toward this goal for two years now, after switching from mixed martial arts to boxing. In his amateur career he holds a record of 14 wins and no losses.

"I'm going into this hoping to get a knockout in the first round," Brooks said. Most of his amateur fights have resulted in a win by knockout in the first round of the bout.

"The U.S. Boxing Commission's blog has called me the white Mike Tyson, which was exciting for me to read because he was a great fighter," said Brooks.

He started getting scouts at his fights six months ago.

"What happens is if you fight well in the amateur stage, then you get scouts coming to look at your fights. If they like what they see, then they want you to come fight for them," Brooks said.

Brooks will be fighting in the cruiser weight division and weighing in at 199 pounds. He will be fighting Maurice Cole, from Rhode Island, and this, too, is Cole's pro fight debut.

Web posted on Thursday, May 05, 2011

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