Posts Tagged ‘Lucas Browne’

Whyte_Brown

Dillian Whyte needed to make a statement in his HBO debut. He did that by dominating Lucas Browne and leaving the towering Australian motionless face-down on the canvas via a flush left hook in round six.

Any thought of this fight being competitive ceased after the opening round. Browne looked out of shape and sluggish at 264 pounds, his highest weight in three years. Whyte got off first with the jab, dominated inside with uppercuts, and knocked Browne backwards with clubbing overhand rights. Browne’s face opening up quickly with blood gushing from his nose to accompany two swollen eyes and cuts.

The fight should have stopped at the end of the fifth. Browne’s corner opted to send him out for another beating and Whyte put him flat on his face with a left hook.

With the impressive win, Whyte aims to become the mandatory for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. Whyte did his part by profusely calling out Wilder in his post-fight interview.

Wilder is holding out hope to face unified WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua, who has his own business to handle March 31 when he takes on WBO title-holder Joseph Parker. But should that Joshua-Wilder not happen, Whyte would be a more high-profile and lucrative option for Wilder than his other proposed opponent, Dominic Breazeale.

The win improves Whyte’s record to 23-1 while Browne suffers his first career defeat at 38 years old, falling to 25-1.

 

Advertisements

Browne_Chagaev

GROZNY, RUSSIA — Lucas Browne survived his first major step-up in class with a 10th round, comeback stoppage over former world titlist Ruslan Chagaev.

Browne relied on his three inch height and reach advantage to work from the outside and off the backfoot. Chagaev utilized his superior speed and accuracy to score with short southpaw lefts and hooks inside. In the fifth, Chagaev briefly wobbled Browne with a looping left hook.

That punch made Browne more aggressive, prompting the two heavyweights to pick up the pace and exchange shots. Chagaev excelled in the middle rounds with better combination punching and floored Browne with a right hook to the body followed by a left hook upstairs.

An atmosphere of determination took over the seventh. For Chagaev, it concerned finishing what he started in the sixth. For Browne, it was the desire to land a big shot to reverse the tide. Both men delivered big shots, but Chagaev’s offense stayed consistent and inflicted more damage.

With less than a minute remaining in round 10, Lucas finally landed a flush right hook that sent Chageav toppling to the canvas. His legs gone, the former champion could do nothing by lay on the ropes after rising. Browne rained down non-stop hooks to force the referee stoppage with 30 seconds remaining.

The win improves Browne’s record to 24-0 (21 KOs) and awards him the “World” version of the WBA heavyweight title. The “regular” title is currently held by Tyson Fury. Chagaev falls to 34-3-1 (21 KOs), suffering his first defeat since dropping a unanimous decision to Alexander Povetkin in 2011.