Marcus Browne has his full man strength, and it's showing, as he rubbed out another foe, fast and hard. Francy Ntetu couldn't make it out of round one, getting dropped, and then then stopped after beating the count.
Browne (20-0 entering; from Staten Island, NY) was 175.8 on Friday, while Ntetu (17-1 entering; from Congo, lives in Canada) was 174.4, and is new to 175. Sean Monoghan got stopped in the second, Ntetu in round one by the 27 year old, who could get a title shot against Artur Beterbiev next.
In the first, down went Ntetu. He got up, and he got worked again and it got stopped, by ref Arthur Mercante.
2:15 elapsed, was the time.
Can you say a star was born on this night, when Adam Kownacki stopped Iago Kiladze in round six of a scheduled tenner at Barclays Center?
You can if you were one of the couple thousand or so Polish fans who made the building seem packed, even though it was not even close, on Saturday.
This bout streamed on Showtime's YouTube and the pudgy victor will likely pack in 5,000 or so when he comes back here next. No, he's not ripped, but he rips, and has a terrific chin, as well.
In the first, they were banging from the get go. The 28 year old AK had a bloody nose and many more fans in the house. The doc looked at a cut over the left eye after the round ended.
In round two, IK slid and slid more. They traded later in the round, and the Pole kept edging forward; you felt like even against two guys with baseball bats, he’d KEEP…EDGING….FORWARD. They hammered each other to end the round and the Poles in the house loved it.
In the third, we saw IK slide and with some urgency. AK went to the body, edged forward as IK popped in retreat. The blood under Kownacki’s nose, he regarded it as nothing more than excess frosting off a luscious pastry treat.
To 4…Down went Kiladze, and he said no, he was tripped. He looked to hold as the Pole ripped him. To the fifth, after the Poles sang their asses off in between rounds. Blood-cherry syrup or pastry cream dripped still…AK stalked, threw one-twos. He was short with power tosses, as IK backed up. Straight back…
To the sixth…AK fired, backed off, wiped blood and snots, and resumed attacking. He landed the left hook and had success, and kept at it. Then down went Kliadze and he beat the count, but was groggy. The ref waved it off.
Here's a suggestion for next. Advisor Mike Borao would like to see his man Charles Martin tango with Kownacki next. Martin held the IBF title, before Anthony Joshua wrested it from him.
Anthony Peterson somewhat made up for lost time, upping his record to 38-1, by bettering Luis E Florez in the second bout of the evening at Barclays Center in brooklyn, on Saturday, Jan. 20th. Peterson looked to end it early but Florez was not cooperating. After ten fairly lively rounds, the judges saw it thusly: 99-89, 100-90 times two.
This was an off TV, off stream affair for junior welter Peterson, big bro to Lamont, who would later be in the feature tango against Errol Spence. Peterson has been waiting patiently for the sort of opportunties bro has had and he lookd to take out some frustration on the Colombia Florez.
In round three, he edge forward, guard up, blocked and then ripped. Lots of body work, and he punctuated tosses with grunts.
Anthony fought once in 2016 and not at all in 2017; looks like he stayed in shape, he was low body fat and active. To open round five, he was halfway across the ring, staring at the Colombian. Florez tried to jab to keep AP off, and also threw lead rights while backing up. He also ate power shots, low and high.
AP kept on pressing, and Florez hung tough. Would AP be able to take out a guy who can be taken out with people with decent power? Regis Prograis, Sharif Bogere, and Sammy Valentin had done the deed previously. To round nine—AP swung for those fences, and his rooters buzzed, really a few times each round. Then AP got buzzed, by a right hand. Florez’ hand speed was still respectable for late in the game. To the tenth and final round…AP stalked as Florez slid and then set himself, slid and then set. Could AP get a stop? He tried, but Florez was still countering with some zest, seeking to tag the favorite with right crosses. We heard final bell and went to the cards.
Dylan Price, a Mayweather boxer, of NJ went to 5-0 and looked good doing it, against 7-7-3 Nestor Ramos, from Mexico.
Price went righty, then lefty, and showed fast hands in both stances. The loser didn’t come out for round two.