Doing his best impression of a heavy bag, It wasn’t the fight that was advertised nor the one we expected from the hulking Australian.
Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne had shed the reputation for just being a nightclub bouncer, scaling the dizzying heights of the heavyweight mountain in winning the WBA title by stopping Ruslan Chagaev, a feat which lent it’s hand in us thinking this was going to be competitive, unfortunately this was far and away from that showing.
Instead, we witnessed him lumber forward with much else than a six-round payday to show for his lack of efforts, Dillian Whyte to his credit obviously had a say in that, looking like the best version of himself as he picked his punches with maturity to soften the body and bloody the face of Browne, cutting his eye at the end of the first and possibly breaking the nose of the former world champion.
Whyte, unlike his counterpart, was on top of his game, sending out a statement to the man directly in his crosshairs (Deontay Wilder) as he unleashed a left hook that even he would have been proud of, a shot which rendered Browne unconscious for a few scary seconds in the sixth.
“I hope Browne is all right, now where you at Wilder, let’s go in June. I’m ready! forget Joshua, he won’t be ready in time, let’s do this next baby, let’s go.
“I proved I’m world class. I’ve been working so hard, training away and it’s paid off. I need the challenge and when it is there, I rise. I can crack.
“The O2 is my home, I’m going to knock all these guys out, one by one. I just knocked out a world champion in six rounds. That shows where I am at.
“Wilder’s next fight is me if he fights anyone else I will go the USA and kick off.”
I’m sure after the type of performance put forward, that it would serve to give Wilder pause to think about his options, especially with the lucrative prospect of facing boxing’s money man, Anthony Joshua in the not too distant future, barring, of course, any mishaps against Joseph Parker.
Whyte showed glimpses of an ever improving fighter who could prove dangerous if given the first crack at Wilder,
There were slim pickings from the rest of the field, Lewis Ritson gave us a more definitive answer to his credentials as a future star with a stoppage win over the usually tough Scott Cardle, whilst Callum Johnson took home the British / Commonwealth title with the one round blow out of former champion Frank Buglioni.
Turning to this weeks action, It doesn’t need me to remind you that we are in the midst of the Joshua Vs. Parker fight week, for those of you lucky 80,000+ that will get to see the fight live, enjoy the atmosphere and our capital city (Cardiff) and for those watching in the comfort of their home, I’m sure you guys will also be in for a great night of action from an unusually packed undercard from Matchroom Promotions.