Tom Brink is a 30-year old fighter from Endicott, the same town in upstate New York that produced Jon Jones. Not much was known about him heading into his fight on Saturday, March 12, other than he had pretty good hands — no Golden Gloves or anything, but a real gamer on the feet. That was the loose scouting report from a New England-based promoter named Jesse Camp, who booked Brink to appear on his Warrior Nation: XFA XII show in the Western Massachusetts town of Chicopee.
Brink, whom select few locals call “Dozer,” showed up to the Hu Ke Lau — a Polynesian food joint that doubles as a comedy club on most nights, a fight venue when needed — carrying a 1-1 amateur record and smartly tapered expectations. Very few starting out at 30 gets too far off the regional circuit, but he’d had a pretty good stare down with his opponent during weigh-ins, and it took everything in Camp’s power not to publicize the bout. This was one of those strange ones with legs, that could easily sell the Tiki bar out beyond fire code capacity if word leaked beforehand. It was counterintuitive to never mumble the word “Ferguson” or “Baby Slice” heading into the event, because promoters are in it to make money, not to harbor secrets.
Camp, who has been a police officer for 15 years and currently serves as a detective in South Hadley, bit his tongue though. He’s a man of integrity. This was just one of those things. Still, as these things go, word got out. The place was jam-packed with the Massachusetts accent, some of them sitting at tables rattling their rocks-drinks within feet of the action. It was a couple hundred faces popping out of a dark backdrop. The fourth fight ….View full article
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