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On Saturday, February 19, 2017, Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs) scored three knockdowns en route to a sixth-round knockout victory against Thomas Williams Jr. (20-3, 14 KOs) at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The schedule 10-round Light Heavyweight fight was the first TV bout of a three-fight Showtime telecast featuring Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados in a 10-round Welterweight fight as the main event.
Browne, 26, is a native of Staten Island, New York who has slowly become a dominant force in the Light Heavyweight division since making his pro debut in 2012.
Tonight, however, Browne faced his toughest fight yet against a former world title challenger Williams, a 29-year-old native of Fort Washington, Maryland.
In the opening round, Browne used his footwork and speed to control the fight from a distance, landing jabs and straight left hands from his southpaw stance against Williams, who is also a southpaw.
In Round 2, Browne scored a knockdown with a jab that made it clear that Williams did not have the chin to deal with Browne’s power. However, Browne hit Williams with a punch to the back of the head while Williams was down, forcing the referee to deduct a point.
In Round 4, Browne scored yet another knockdown with a counter right hook. Williams looked out of place and threw shots too widely to be effective, whether from the outside or on the inside, where he often smothered himself.
In Round 6, Browne scored a final knockdown with a right hook around Williams’ gloves. Williams, advised by his corner, did not get back up to continue fighting.
In the post-fight interview, Browne called out Adonis Stevenson, the current WBC and lineal Light Heavyweight champion.
If this fight takes place, who do you think will win? Will Brown be able to hold up to Stevenson’s chin? Or will Stevenson finally meet his match against a better southpaw?
Let us know in the comments section below.