BROWNE DEFEATS JULIUS LONG WITH 9TH RD KO
By TOM WATT on Aug 17 2015
On Friday night Lucas Browne faced off with towering American Julius Long in what was meant to be a ‘keep warm’ for the hard-hitting Heavyweight while he waits (and waits) for his shot at the WBA World Title of Ruslan Chagaev.
Browne had first been meant to face off with heavily tattooed Gonzalo Basile who was replaced by Ichos Larenas and finally Long was brought in as the third and final opponent. Opponent changes are something every boxer must contend with but this change of opponent made life more difficult than expected, mainly due to his overwhelming size and reach advantage which would be difficult to prepare for given notice, but at the last minute it was never going to be an easy night.
Things were made even harder for Browne in the first round as he suffered a suspected thumb fracture to his right hand (top left), taking away his biggest and most dangerous weapon. Faced with the prospect of fighting with a damaged hand and against an awkward opponent, Browne soldiered on and tried to pressure Long, firing off shots on the inside when he wasn’t being held.
Long wasn’t without his own successes in the fight either as he used his jab to tee off on the shorter Browne and managed to land a few combinations as well but the American who has lost 10 of his last 11 fights looked to be struggling by the time the 6th round rolled on and his resistance began to fade although the occasional success with his left hook to the head and body seemed to spur him on.
His successes were few and far between though and even on an off-night, Browne was just too much for the 7ft American, dropping him in the 8th round and then finishing the job late in the 9th with a perfectly timed left hook to the head with referee Tony Moretta not even administering a ten-count as Long was left sprawled out on the canvas.
It hadn’t been a pretty performance from Browne, but given the late notice and the hand injury sustained in the first round, a 9th round KO win doesn’t seem as bad as some fans online are making out although given Long’s record and Browne’s ambitions of winning World Titles, he will have to put in a much better performance against higher opposition. Attention now turns to recovering from his injury and more waiting on the WBA.
For a review of Channel 9's coverage of Browne's fight and the entire card at the Melbourne Pavilion see here
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