A left hook in round six sent Lucas Browne to sleep, face down in center ring in England on Saturday, comliments of Dillian Whyte.
37 seconds in, and all the docs in attendance scrambled into the ring, and a worry watch start. Was Browne going to wake up?
But the fight was over pretty much from the get go, as Browne (25-1) looked slow and rusty, and every bit of his 38 years old. The ex bar bouncer looked game, and he tried to land a big right hand, but he started slow and never revved up.
Whyte (24-1), meanwhile, was picking his shots, doing what he wanted. By round three, he was having his way, knowing he was probably going to get the W. The left hook was pretty savage and right hands were landing on a cut that formed on Browne's left eye.
On HBO, Max Kellerman was calling for the fight to maybe be ended by the fourth, and by round five, we thought maybe the Browne corner would wave a white towel. But he’s the sort who wants to go out on his shield, and damn it, he did.
The loser got oxygen after he was kayoed, but after a few minutes, he stood up, and made his way out of the ring on his own. Will he glove up again? If yes, let’s get him a long rest.
Whye went 109-269 to 36-172 for the Aussie Browne.
Whyte demanded to fight Deontay Wilder next; he holds the WBC silver heavyweight crown, for the record. His promoter, like Anthony Joshua, is Eddie Hearn. He said that when he is challenged heavily, he will be even better. He says damn right he thinks he can snag a bigger crown. He had left shoulder surgery, two years ago, and it's all the way back now, he continued. He'd like to have another go against AJ, three, four times, he said, because they have good chemistry. Has he improved a lot since their first tango? Damn right, he said.