D.C. boxer Tiara Brown may be broke, but she’s not broken: After seeing relatives turn to crime and grieving for a brother, a shooting victim, Brown pursued a degree and now trains full time to defend her title as the amateur featherweight champion of the world.
May 6, 2013 Tiara Brown, right, takes on longtime rival and Olympian boxer Queen Underwood in the finals of this year’s USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash. “I can't even tell you what happens in my fights because my mind goes blank. All is see is the person in front of me, and I hit them with combinations. My mind goes blank. I don't even know what I did until I watch it on video." At 25, Brown is only the third U.S. woman in history to win a gold medal at the International Boxing Association World Championships. She still trains. She still prays every day. She still buys one-way tickets for round trips. She's still broke. Sue Jaye Johnson Buy Photo