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Kownacki, Winner Via UD12, and Arreola Throw More Punches Than Any Two In CompuBox Era, in Brooklyn

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Old dudes showed more than a little something Saturday night in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center, and on Fox free TV.

No older dude did it better than Jean Pascal, who knocked Marcus Browne down three times and won a TD, after a clash of heads had them looking to the cards in the eighth.

Light heavyweight titles Browne was 23-0 and Pascal (34-6-1) looked to get under his skin when he mocked the Staten Island boxer for having been grabbed up by law enforcement four times for paying his ex unwanted attention, at the Thursday presser.

A 10-7 round, via two knockdowns, gave Pascal, the 36 year old Canadian, the margin of victory.

The right hand was finding a home on the New Yorker, and round 7, the two knockdown, that saw Browne get saved by the bell. A clash of heads ripped a slit on Browne’s left eye and the ref and docs decided to pull the plug.

“I could hear my daughter ringside and that was motivation for me,” said Pascal. “She was yelling my name all night long. I’m going to go home and talk to my team to see what is next. Canada has Drake, the NBA Champions and now I’m bringing the belt home.”
Browne was unavailable for post fight comments as he was taken to NYU Lutheran Medical Center for attention to the cut, a release shared.

In the main event, Chris Arreola, at age 38, proved he had a bit left in the tank. Him and Adam Kownacki combined to throw and land more punches than any other two heavies in the age of CompuBox punch counting, for the record. 2,172 tosses, for the record. Literally, for the record…

But the Pole Kownacki, age 30, threw more and landed more…so he scored a 118-110, 117-111, 117-111 UD12.

Post-fight, AK said it wasn’t his best performance, and he wants to put more combos together and be better with his head movement. Kownacki told Deontay Wilder, who worked the analyst chair, with Lennox Lewis, asked the Pole how he’d beat him? Volume, he said, cracking up.

Chris is an Aztec warrior,” said Kownacki. “He’s a great fighter. I knew it would be a tough fight and I prepared for it. The CompuBox numbers prove it was a great fight.”
“Adam is relentless,” said Arreola post fight. “He just keeps coming. I know I got him with some good punches and he got me with some good ones. I was more than ready to go all 12, but Adam came in and won the fight.”
“I thought it was a good close fight but I knew I pulled it out,” said Kownacki. “I landed a lot of shots and that was enough to win. That’s all that matters.”
“I tried to follow up when I had him hurt but I was throwing two punches instead of three or four,” said Kownacki. “Props to Arreola because he proved he could still hang. I’m sure the fans would want to see him again.”
“Retirement is something I need to talk to my family and team about,” said Arreola. “I gave it my all this fight. I let it all hang out. After breaking my hand, I kept fighting because I believed I could win.”
“I just have to keep training hard, getting better and sharpening my skills,” said Kownacki. “We’ll see what the future holds. Hopefully next year I’ll get the title shot.”

Wale Omotoso scored a W over Curtis Stevens, in round 3, as Curtis was welcomed rudely to 154.

His ability to stand up to punches didn’t seem right, from the get go, so making 154 wasn’t for the ex middleweight.

He went down a total of three times and the ref pulled the plug after two in the third. Stevens didn’t protest all that much.

Stevens is 34, so yes, this vet didn’t enjoy the aura that some of the the other grayer beards soaked up…

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