What a statement!
Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KOs) came into Saturday’s contest against Marcus Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) as the favorite and rightfully so. Browne had never been in the ring with anyone nearly as good or accomplished.
Jack is a two weight division champion and had been in the ring with a who’s who of contenders and champions including James DeGale, Adonis Stevenson and George Groves to name a few. That list is impressive but it is even more impressive what Browne was able to do tonight.
The match started off in typical Badou Jack style. Meaning he was sluggish, inaccurate and didn’t throw many punches. It was not shocking to see. Jack is a notoriously slow starter who usually flips the switch during the second half of fights.
During this contest however he just couldn’t find that on button. Browne hit him with everything tonight while having little to worry about coming back at him.
During the seventh round things got even worse for Jack. A clash of heads saw Jack receive the worse of it as a huge gash on his forehead opened up. As the rounds went on Browne continued to batter Jack. He found a home for that left of his all night long.
The blood spewing from Jacks head got so bad that it seemed as though we were watching an MMA fight as opposed to a boxing match. There have been a ton of boxing fights that have ended in a lot of blood being shed but tonight was on another level.
Some how Jack made it to the end of the contest but lost by a wide unanimous decision. The scores were 117-110, 116-111 and 119-108.
With the victory Browne also became the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Alex Gvozdyk.