It was reunion time Thursday at Barclays Center, as New York-based members of the last US Olympic boxing squad, Marcus Browne and Jamel Herring, checked in with each other, two days out from their respective appearances on the card topped by a Paulie Malignaggi-Adrien Broner welterweight showdown.
At the final press conference, they paid respects to a third Olympian, Rau'Shee Warren, who also takes part in the festivities.
Browne, the Staten Island-based light heavy with an engaging personality, and a breadth of knowledge, which includes an impressive understanding of geoeconomics, talked about the get-together.
The Olympics, the 22-year-old said, was a fine chapter, but in truth, it could have been much better had some medals been taken home from London 2012. "Hopefully, we'll get some hardware in the pros," said the 4-0 hitter, who meets 7-6 Ricardo Campillo. "Anyway, now we are on our own journey. It's not a team thing anymore."
Junior welter Herring, who grew up in Coram, Long Island, told me he expects 50 or so rooters to come to Brooklyn to see him fight 2-3 Calvin Smith, and attempt to rise to 4-0.
His trainer, Mike Stafford, who also tutors Broner, said he's pleased with the 27-year-old Herring's progress since turning pro last December. "He's learning to set down on his punches," Stafford said.