CARENCRO–The Backstreet Boxing Club is coping with the loss of a talented fighter, a dear friend, and mentor.
Brandon Broussard, one of the club’s longtime members, was shot and killed Saturday night on Grossie Street in Lafayette.
“Brandon is and will forever be a part of our family,” Backstreet coach Damon Arceneaux said. “He’s going to live on through us at Backstreet. ”
Less than 24 hours after the Broussard’s death, Arceneaux wore a shirt bearing Broussard’s image. It’s a way for Arceneaux to grieve while honoring the memory of his student.
“His uncle told me Brandon’s gone,” Arceneaux said. “It really touched me. Not only Brandon, but all my kids in the gym. I have a special bond for them, like they’re my own kids.”
Arceneaux helped train Broussard. He says Broussard was preparing for his next fight.
“He had a great promising career. He was a great boxer, tough fighter, fought with heart. He just started getting it together within the last year. ”
Arceneaux says Broussard had been boxing for about 11 years. As an amateur, he competed in regional and national Golden Gloves tournaments. As a professional, he had a record of five wins with two knockouts and three losses.
“He turned his life around,” Arceneaux said. “He became a great father for his kids. A great mentor for the kids at the gym. I just hope that justice is really served because Brandon deserves that.”