Ed Brown passes away from gunshot wound
One day after becoming the latest victim of Chicago’s endless gun violence, unbeaten welterweight Ed Brown passed away Sunday afternoon, manager Mike Cericola told RingTV.com.
Brown was 25 years of age.
“He’s gone. Ed passed away,” Cericola stated in a text message.
Brown was shot early Saturday morning in the East Garfield Park Neighborhood on the city’s Westside before 1:30 am.
According to Cericola, three gunshots were fired from a silver vehicle into a vehicle driven by Brown as he was dropping off his younger sister. One of the bullets struck Brown in the head, while another struck Brown’s sister in the leg.
Brown was listed in critical condition and had to have a blood transfusion immediately after arriving to Mount Sinai Hospital. Doctors were waiting for the swelling in the brain to decline before doing any further tests.
Brown’s sister was listed in good condition.
Brown had a pro record of 20-0 with 16 knockouts. He was coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Albert Mensah at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Nov. 11.
Cericola stated Brown was penciled to fight in mid-January and was likely “to face someone near the top 10-15.”
Saturday was not the first time Brown had been hospitalized as he had shot on two previous occasions. He was shot in the chest after winning his pro debut in December of 2012. After his third pro fight in July of 2013, Brown was shot again one month later.
Brown returned to the ring in May of last year, fighting a total of 13 times.
Cericola and Cameron Dunkin co-managed Brown, who had a stellar amateur career.
No word yet on funeral services for the Chicago-area resident.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing