Marcus Browne vs. Francy Ntetu – Results
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) made easy work of super middleweight Francy Ntetu (17-2, 4 KOs) in stopping him in the 1st round knockout on Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Browne knocked the 35-year-old Ntetu down with a right hand that put him down face first on the canvas. Ntetu got back to his feet and took a storm of head shots from Browne until the referee Arthur Mercente stepped in and halted the fight. The time of the stoppage was at 2:15 of the round.
The 27-year-old 2012 U.S Olympian Browne looked good in destroying Ntetu. However, Browne was facing a guy no punching power to speak of, and very little in the way of size. The difference in pedigree between the two fighters was vast, and it was never meant to be a competitive match-up. Browne looks against weak opposition like in Ntetu, but it’s going to be a different story once he gets inside the ring with the likes of WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, IBF champion Artur Akavov, WBA champ Dmitry Bivol and WBC champ Adonis Stevenson. Those guys can all punch and it’ll be a different story for Browne. He’ll have to face some adversity for a change.
Browne didn’t look so good in beating Radivoje Kalajdzic by an 8 round split decision in April 2016. Browne was knocked down by Kalajdzic in round 6, and he appeared to lose the fight. The judges gave Browne a controversial 8 round decision, but he exposed badly. Since then, Browne has been matched against 3 weaker opponents in Thomas Williams Jr., Sean Monaghan and Ntetu. In speaking of Ntetu, he’d recently been knocked out by 19-year-old David Benavidez by a 7th round knockout in June 2016. The 27-year-old Browne did a better job of defeating Ntetu, but he’s also a lot older than Benavidez and he’s bigger than him. Benavidez fights at super middleweight.
In other boxing results on tonight’s card, unbeaten heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) defeated 31-year-old Iago Kiladze (26-2, 18 KOs) by a 6th round knockout. The 28-year-old Kownacki was bleeding the entire fight after getting his nose busted up in the 1st round. Kownacki later suffered a cut on his right eye. His face was a mask of blood by round 4, but that didn’t keep him from being able to land his big power shots and apply pressure.
The Freddie Roach trained Kiladze teed off on Kownacki with heavy shots in the first three rounds, taking advantage of his wild plodding style of fighting. However, Kownacki eventually wore Kiladze down and dropped him with a big right hand to the head in the 4th. Kiladze was exhausted by that point in the fight. His legs and arms appeared very weak. In round 6, Kownacki dropped Kiladze with a hard right hand to the head. Kiladze got up slowly and looked out on his feet. The referee Shad Murdagh then opted to stop the contest.
The official time of the stoppage was at 2:48 of round 6. It was a good performance by Kownacki, but not the kind of effort that would suggest that he could beat the better heavyweights in the division. Kiladze is not one of the top heavyweights, and yet he had Kownacki face looking like chopped ham. If this had been Anthony Joshua of Deontay Wilder inside the ring tonight, Kownacki would have likely been knocked out in 2 or 3 rounds. He needs to work on his defense. There’s no way that Kownacki will beat any of the better heavyweights with the way he leads with his face. He’s so wide open for punches.
In light welterweight action, Anthony Peterson (38-1, 24 KOs) defeated Luis Eduardo Florez (23-9. 19 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision. The judges’ scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 100-89. Peterson, the brother of Lamont Peterson, hit the over-matched Florez at will with shots.
For Peterson, this was yet another mismatch. The 32-year-old Peterson has spent the last 8 years taking on soft opposition since losing to Brandon Rios by a 7th round disqualification in September 2010. For some reason, Peterson has failed to step it up.