By Jason Pribila: On Saturday night Marcus Browne put himself in position to call out the linear light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. Browne (19-0, 14 KO) had his arm raised after Thomas Williams (20-3, 14 KO) chose not to rise after being dropped for the third time in the bout.
Browne dominated what many perceived to be a pick-em contest prior to the fight. However, from the opening bell, Browne seemed like the only fighter who was prepared for battle. Williams, who displayed boxing skills in the past, was telegraphing wide-looping shots that had little chance of landing.
Browne dropped Williams for the first time with 1:52 left in the second round. Browne stunned an off-balance Williams with a stiff right jab. When Williams squatted down in an attempt to maintain his balance, his glove touched the canvas. Browne claimed he did not see the glove touch when he delivered a punch to the back of Williams’s head, which caused a controversial delay in the action.
After counting to ten, referee Ken Milinier took a point away from Browne, while giving Williams five minutes to recover.
For the remainder of the fight it seemed as if it was only a matter of time until Browne closed the show. Browne scored his second knockdown in the fourth round, and Williams was almost counted out as he tried to stand up just before the count of ten.
Williams’s behavior throughout the fight was curious. It appeared if he was not fully committed to the task I nfront of him. After the second round, he seemed to fight as if his only chance to win would be to get Browne disqualified.
In round six, Browne dropped Williams with a right hook. Rather than beat the count, Williams remained on the canvas apparently trying to communicate to his corner by pointing at his chin. The bout was waved off 42 seconds into the round.
At that moment I sent out a note that I would be curious to see the results of Williams’s post-fight urine test.
We found out later in the evening that Williams had suffered a broken jaw and he was being treated at a nearby hospital.
With the victory Browne feels that he deserves a shot at Adonis Stevenson. He made his intentions known during the post-fight interview.
Stevenson needs a dance partner, and he is moving closer to forty years old. However, I think that Team Brown should match him with another top-ten fighter in the division before going after the division’s elite.
Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He could be reached for questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or followed on Twitter.com @PribsBoxing.