NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 26 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.
Brock Stodden never pretended to be one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, but it didn’t stop him from chasing his dream.
His was a “Rocky” story in a lot of ways. The blue-collar fighter with the colorful “Bremerton Butcher” nickname won bronze medals at the National Junior Olympics in ’89 and ’90, and a Tacoma Golden Gloves title in 1991 but didn’t have a distinguished amateur career. When he turned pro, the goal was to win a championship belt in honor of a friend who died of leukemia. It took the lefty with a big heart nearly eight years to do it, but he won a Canadian-American-Mexican super middleweight championship in April of 2004 in Billings, Montana.
Stodden, who never officially retired, was 17-10-1 at one point in his career and finished with an 18-17-1 (9 KO’s) and one no-contest record after taking on a series of tough fights. He started as a middleweight and fought for the last time as a heavyweight in Puerto Rico against a former Olympian with a 17-1-0 record.
Stodden took on Denmark’s Rudy Markussen, No. 4-ranked super middleweight in the world at the time in New Jersey. Boxing took him to Canada, Germany and all over the U.S. Stodden headlined four boxing shows in Kitsap County, and fought regularly at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma early in his career.
“It’s kind of hokey and corny, but you can still be a big fish coming out of this tiny little mud puddle,” said Stodden, who works for the City of Bremerton. “I chased that dream, and I think that’s important.”