Jesse Brinkley has a chance to make history in his home state of Nevada when he challenges IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute this Saturday (October 15th) at the at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Boxing fans across the world agree that Las Vegas, Nevada is the Mecca for big fights. Thousands of world-title fights have taken place in Las Vegas over the years but not one of the great champions who have fought in “Sin City” was born in the “Silver State” of Nevada.
Brinkley wants to change that.
Brinkley was born and raised in Yerington, a small farming town in Northwestern Nevada with a population of about three thousand.
“I want to bring a world title home,” says Brinkley. “It would mean so much to me. My family, friends, fans and supporters back home deserve it too.”
Historically, Nevadans value libertarianism, the frontier spirit, and rugged individualism. Brinkley is a rugged individual and boxing is just the beginning of his lifestyle. Brinkley is also an avid fisherman, hunter, outdoorsman, firearm enthusiast, gambler, and family man.
Brinkley is Nevada personified.
“I think his biggest disappointment about the timing of the fight with Bute is that he had to miss out on the annual Lyon County Fair demolition derby competition,” said promoter Tommy Lane of Let’s Get It On Promotions. “Sometimes, if you can’t get a hold of him for a few days, you know that he is out in the wilderness hunting or fishing.
In Canada, Jesse Brinkley will wear the colors of the Star Spangled Banner. On the back of his trunks, however, you will see State flag of Nevada and the State motto of “Battle Born!”
Jesse Brinkley, indeed, was born to fight.