Anthony Mundine vs. Tommy Browne – Results
By Jim Dower: In a show of impressive power, former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (48-8, 28 KOs) defeated Tommy Browne (35-7-2, 13 KO) by a 2nd round knockout in a scheduled 10 round fight on Wednesday night to capture the vacant WBO Oriental middleweight title at the Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia.
The 42-year-old Mundine struggled in the 1st and 2nd round in taking some heavy shots to the head by the 34-year-old Browne. However, Mundine caught Browne with a big right hand that hurt him late in round 2. Browne then backed up against the ropes and covered up. With Browne trapped against the ropes, Mundine unloaded on him with a flurry of heavy punches until he Browne collapsed onto the canvas after getting hit with a big left hook to the head. Browne looked to be out cold from the left hand that hit him. The fight was immediately stopped by referee John Cauchi. The official of the stoppage was at 2:59 of round 2.
Mundine started slowly in round 1, covering up behind his shoulder roll defense while Browne unloaded on him with big looping punches o the head. Browne connected with several big punches that snapped Mundine’s head back. Late in the opening round, Browne trapped Mundine against the ropes and nailed him with a storm of head shots. Mundine blocked some of them, but a lot of the punches got through and connected. Mundine looked old and in bad shape as the round ended.
In the 2nd round, Browne continued to blast away at Mundine with big shots. Mundine was comfortable throwing jabs back, but he was getting worked over by the younger Browne. Mundine was far too patient for the shots he was getting hit with by Browne. Fortunately for Mundine, he was able to hurt Browne with a hard-right hand to the head that caused him to back off to the ropes. Mundine then finished him off with many hard shots.
After the match was over, the 42-year-old Mundine called out WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, saying, “Jeff Horn, we want you, baby. All of Australian boxing people and Australians want to have the domestic fight showdown. He can fight [Terence] Crawford after me. I think we all want that. Let’s get it done. I whipped Danny Green, and I’ll whip Jeff Horn. Let’s do it. Age ain’t nothing but a number. I felt great. I felt strong. I told you I’m back,” said Mundine.
Jeff Horn is going to be defending his WBO 147 lb. title against his mandatory challenger Terence Crawford. That’s the fight that Horn’s co-promoters at Top Rank is setting up for April 14 or April 21. Horn could have opted to fight Mundine, but he’s chosen to fight Crawford in a sure thing payday. Horn might be sorry for it later if/when he loses to Crawford, but that’s the decision he’s made.
Mundine has the power, size and composure to beat Horn, but I’m not sure if he has the work rate. Mundine is too economical with his punches for him to be a sure thing winner over Horn. At this point, the two of them never face each other. If Horn loses to Crawford, Top Rank will probably look to match him against one of their other fighters in their stable rather than someone outside of their promotional company. If Mundine catches Horn with the same left hook that he knocked out Browne, he’ll do the same thing to him. Mundine’s power is devastating when he lands his shots clean. Browne took 2 very hard punches in the fight from Mundine, and both of those shots him badly hurt.