In the District of Columbia, better known as Washington D.C, there is a Metropolitan Police Officer that patrols the streets to ensure the that laws aren’t broken and the tax paying citizens are safe each and every day. That officers name is Tiara Brown, who goes by “The Dark Menace” and oh by the way, she is a professional boxer with an undefeated record of 6-0 with four wins coming by knockout.
Tiara Brown is signed with Dibella Entertainment and has a fight coming up in December.
Tiara Brown is originally from Fort Meyers, Florida and at the age of 13, she was introduced to the sport of boxing by her two older cousins who took her to the local PAL (Police Athletic League) boxing gym. After being successful in boxing tournaments, she won two gold medals at the World Championships along with making two trips to the Olympic trials.
AG) Tiara, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. At the age of 13 you were exposed to the sport of boxing for the first time when your cousins took you to the local gym. What was the first professional fight you saw either live or on tv that made you further pursue the sport of boxing?
TB) I was watching a fight between Ann Wolfe and Vonda Ward which was in 2004.
When I saw Ann Wolfe knock her out, I was in awe that a women could fight on a professional level and do the things she did in the ring. Since then, I looked up to her as a role model.
AG) After seeing success as a teen, you were also successful in other sports which ended up earning you a full scholarship. Can you tell us a bit about that?
TB) Upon graduating high school, I earned a full scholarship for Track & Field to Columbus State University in Georgia. I was still fighting while pursuing my degree, which was difficult to do at the time. I went on to earn my Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
AG) After completing your degree, you then decided to move again, this time to Washington, DC. What was the reason behind that and what made you pursue the career in law enforcement?
TB) While I was in school, I was invited to spar against other women who were fighting out of the HeadBangerz Gym which resulted in the opportunity to work with Barry Hunter. After getting my degree, I decided to move to DC and become a Metropolitan Police Officer. DC is the nation’s capital, where everything happens in regards to the government but there is so much divide between people and in seeing that, I wanted to try my best to make a difference in the community, even if it was just a little.
AG) Going back to your boxing career, you recently signed to Lou Dibella’s promotional company Dibella Entertainment. What was it about his company that stood out for you that lead to you signing with him and not one of the other major promotional companies out there?
TB) I have been following Lou Dibella for a few years. I really like how he conducted business and the passion he has towards the sport. One thing that stood out to me was that he treated women in boxing the same as he would a male. He looked at both men and women as fighters and promoted them that way as well. After seeing that, I knew that his company was the right fit for me.
AG) You fought your first few fights with Barry Hunter and now you have recently switched trainers. Who are you training with now and what made you go in a different direction?
TB) I’m training with Buddy Harrison out of the Old School Boxing Gym in Maryland. There was no issues with Barry Hunter and I appreciate the things he taught me and him bringing me to the level that I am now. I just felt that I needed a change in trainers in order for me to continue to evolve in the sport.
AG) Care to share any funny stories where your career as a boxer blended into your job as a Metropolitan Police Officer?
TB) I was on my mountain bike patrolling in DC when a women who was clearly high on drugs started to approach me with her fists balled up. As a police officer, I have never been in an altercation where I had to throw any fists but the way she was approaching me, I felt as though I did not have a choice. I got off the bike and started walking towards her when out of nowhere a guy comes flying out of the barber shop and yells to the women, “ Don’t do it! She’s a real fighter!” She then thought twice about it and went in a different direction. It was a funny moment.
AG) You are deeply invested in community events, most recently you attended the 31st Annual Bark Ball. Can you tell us more about that?
TB) I am involved with the Humane Rescue Alliance and the 31st Annual Bark Ball was put together to raise money for the protection of animals. It was a great evening for a great cause as the dogs were dressed up in suits and it was all about them that night. I love dogs and I will do anything to support that cause and the community.
AG) What is something that most people won’t know about you that is part of who you are?
TB) I grew up with the learning disorder of ADD and ADHD. School was extremely difficult for me growing up as everything was different. I had to take my exams in a separate room with only the teacher or counselor. It was very challenging especially one year when the teacher pointed at me and a few others in that situation, out to the whole class which was an embarrassing moment. I utilized that as motivation to not only do well in that class but to finish my degree and let others know just because you have that, does not mean you cannot still fulfill your dreams.
AG) When is your next fight, where can fans follow you on social media and what message would you like to tell them?
TB) My next fight is on December 8th at Bowie State University. I do not have any other details that I could provide to you at this time but I am preparing hard in the gym for the fight and will give it my best.
You can follow me on Twitter (@tiarabrownbox) and on Instagram (@tbaby125lbs).
To my fans, I appreciate all of the love and support that you continue to give me. I will keep giving it my best until I have a world title around my waist!