The Brown family is just about unbeatable in the ring. Just ask Matt Brown, the proud dad of Jessy, 18, and Cody, 16.
All three, from the Mission City Boxing Club, won awards at the Boxing BC annual awards ceremony recently.
"We did pretty good for the family. Their dedication is the best I've ever seen," said Matt, who coaches his boys and others at the club, and won the award for Coach of the Year, from among 30 clubs in the province.
A former boxer from Ontario, Matt said that both his sons have far surpassed him, and he couldn't be more pleased.
"We got five Canadian gold [medals] between the two of them [from nationals] and two national silvers," he added.
Jessy graduated from Hatzic Secondary and is contemplating his future and weighing his options. As this year's Boxing BC's Best Youth Boxer, Jessy is eyeing a shot at the 2016 Olympics and also the thought of turning pro. With a change in the rules, he can now do both, however, the road to qualifying for the Canadian Olympic team is an arduous one.
One of his highlights in recent years was winning silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2011 at the Isle of Man in Britain.
"He was the only Canadian to medal at the Games," said Matt.
At 16, Cody, a student at Heritage Park Secondary in Mission, is following right in his brother's footsteps and won Boxing BC's Best Junior Boxer and also Best Canadian Junior Boxer for 2012. He's undefeated in 20 fights and was Canadian champion for three consecutive years.
Now one of the Brown's biggest challenges is finding someone who will fight them.
"We have a real hard time finding bouts in B.C. and even in Seattle," said Matt. "People don't like to lose."
Jessy and Cody continue to train 3-4 hours every other day and longer for upcoming fights, such as the Tacoma Golden Gloves in mid-February for Cody.
"They can't wait to get to the club," added Matt. "They've never stopped loving the sport."