Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown plays with a fearlessness on both ends of the court. He may have gotten that trait from his father, Marselles Brown, a 7-foot professional heavyweight boxer.
At 48 years old, Marselles recently came out of retirement to show his sons, Jaylen and NFL prospect Quenton, that he never gave up on his dream. Sure enough, Marselles recently was crowned the 2016 World Boxing Union (WBU) World Champion.
Marselles recently spoke to boxing247.com:
“My main motivation for coming out of retirement was to show my kids that I never gave up on my dreams. So I didn’t want them to give up on theirs. I am extremely proud of both my sons. I am especially proud of Jaylen. He is an extraordinary athlete and very smart, he’s even planning to go to Harvard next year, so I am extremely proud of both my sons, really. The only advice I could give them when entering into the professional arena, they are going to be in for a rude awakening. They are going to see how nasty the entertainment industry really is. I want them to know to stay on course and don’t let anybody distract them and they’ll be just fine,” said Brown.
Here’s a look of Marselles in the ring against King Ipitan in Las Vegas back in June of 2000.