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Pascal Surprises Browne In New York

By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: Stephanie Trapp - TGB Promotions


MONTRÉAL - The former WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer Jean Pascal, caused a huge surprise Saturday evening in the ring of the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. He became the first boxer to inflict a defeat to the WBC 175 pounds Interim champion, Marcus Browne, from Staten Island, New York.

Pascal provoked three knockdowns in the bout and the referee stopped the bout in the eighth round, because Browne got a too severe of a cut over the right eye due to an unintentional headbutt. Pascal (34-6-1) won the fight by technical decision.

Because Browne’s cut has been caused by an accident head butt, the fight was decided by the judges. The three judges scored the fight 75-74 for the Montrealer.

Browne has now a pro record of 23-1-0.

Before the bout, Browne was ranked first contender by the WBC and the WBA in the light heavyweight division. Pascal is 36 years old, Browne 28.

Pascal is now in position to challenge for a world championship bout. The WBC light heavyweight champion of the world is the Russian Oleksandr Gvoznyk (17-0-0) and the WBA champion of the world is Dmitry Bivol (16-0-0), another Russian.

“Browne provoked me at the weigh in, and I was determined to beat him and determinate to give him a boxing lesson,” said Pascal in getting out of the ring. “I am extremely proud of my performance in this very significant fight. I sent him three times of the floor and he was unable to send me on the canvas. I really want to get another shot for a world championship bout so we will see what will happen in the months to come.”

Pascal compiled a record of 5-4 at his last nine bouts.

The first round was close, each fighter got his good moments offensively.

Browne dominated the second round with his jabs and power shots.

Browne attacked furiously in the third round and Pascal looked hurt few times.

In the fourth round, Pascal provoked a knockdown with a solid right hand on the chin, but Browne connected more punches than him in the last two minutes of the round.

Pascal was in trouble in the fifth round. Browne connected a lot of power shots. The sixth round was a close one.

In the seventh round, Browne attacked energetically but Pascal provoked two others knockdowns.

The eighth round was intense, but Browne, after an accidental head butt, was bleeding seriously.

Browne has been examined by the fight’s doctor, who suggested to the referee to stop the fight.


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