Almost two years after the tragic death of his brother following a bout at Ingleburn RSL Tommy Browne is a world title holder.
The Bradbury boxer was fighting for brother Davey in the UBO International Super Welterweight title against Indonesian opponent Aleksander Bajawa in Singapore on Saturday.
It was a TKO victory for Browne in the third round.
He told the Advertiser he felt good in the ring.
“During the fight I felt strong,” he said.
“I was landing some good clean shots on my opponent – my hand speed was a lot faster and this was allowing me to land some good combinations.
“It was a great feeling when the ref waved the fight off – I knew how hard my team and I worked and that the sacrifice paid off.”
The bout was Browne’s first international fight since his brother’s death. He said stepping into the ring was hard.
“It’s always going to be hard, but I try to use it as motivation,” he said.
“Now we fight together.
“Without the support of my coach and family, especially my wife Emma, this would not be possible.”
Browne has signed on to four fights with Ringstar boxing promotions and he will “see where the future takes [him].”
Coach Anthony Redward, of Smeaton Grange’s Grange High Performance gym, said it took a lot of “preparation and planning” to get Browne ready for the fight.
“It was a technical, dominant performance,” he said.
“It was a special moment when he won. After the journey Tommy’s been on, I was truly satisfied.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Tommy’s efforts – sky’s the limit.”