Brian Cohen (born 20 March 1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States) is a retired professional boxer and a current boxing manager.
During his professional boxing career, Cohen was ranked in the top 40 of the WBC and has held the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title.
Many have Olympic dreams but few are able to achieve them.
For 14-year-old Kenner resident Alexis Lavarine, that dream has come a step closer to reality with a win at the recent USA Boxing Nationals held in Kansas City, Missouri.
Although women have participated in boxing for almost as long as the sport has existed, female fights have been effectively outlawed for most of boxing’s history, with athletic commissioners refusing to sanction or issue licenses to women boxers, and most nations officially banning the sport.
Women's boxing goes back at least to the early 18th century, when Elizabeth Wilkinson fought in London.
There was a photo session with members donning their new attire and gifts were distributed.
Lavarine punched her way to a spot on the USA Amateur Boxing Travel National Team Junior Division for 2017--with a chance to make the 2020 Olympic Boxing team.
In December Lavarine traveled to the tournament with her coach and father, David Lavarine, to compete against the best in the country.
In the championship round she beat Maricia Sustaita of Garland, Texas 5-0 in an unanimous decision to become the 138-pound weight class junior division national champion.
The feat earned her one of the 10 spots on the junior national team. "I have been training for it all my life and I believe that being on this team will get me to the 2020 Olympics." The reality of the magnitude of her accomplishment began to set in when Lavarine was rushed off after her victory to meet with Olympic officials.