By Andre Cristiano at ringside: Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne survived an early scare to defeat veteran American Travis Walker over seven rounds in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday night.
Browne’s original opponent, Britain’s Richard Towers, was forced to pull out of the Commonwealth title eliminator bout only days before due to visa restrictions.
Last minute replacement, Travis Walker, scored a surprising first-round knockdown landing an overhand right to the side of Browne’s head. The undefeated Australian appeared more stunned than hurt, showing maturity to regain composure and soon enough, control over the fight.
Browne’s aggressive jab proved effective, hurting the American on a number of occasions. At times, Walker also struggled to find an offensive approach to counter the outstretched left arm of Browne.
While the Australian clearly landed the cleaner punches, both fighters were effective at times.
Lucas Browne managed to score three increasingly more damaging knockdowns in rounds three, five and six. The last of which, barely saw the American answer the referee’s count. Referee, Ignatius Missailidis, decided correctly to allow the fight to continue.
Travis Walker seemed to enter the seventh round armed with the knowledge that only a knock-out would prevent his corner from ending the bout. To his credit, he tried earnestly to land a knock-out blow on the Australian but was denied by a more composed and effective fighter.
The American quit on his stool at the end of the seventh round.
By far the highlight of the night was the supporting bout between Serge Yannick and Jake Carr for the Australian Super Middleweight title.
After a mere four professional fights Jake Carr was pitted against the experienced and explosive Serge Yannick; a challenge that this reporter amongst many, feared would prove too steep at such a point in his career.
The 22 year-old Carr went beyond six rounds for the first time, managing to match the champion for strength and endurance.
Carr’s constant movement proved crucial in avoiding the bulk of Yannick’s vicious left hooks.
The unanimous decision victory for Jake Carr comes in one of the most entertaining bouts on Australian soil in 2013.
Blake Caparello extended his unbeaten run in a cagey, yet effective performance against tough New Zealender, Daniel Mckinnon. The typically elusive Caparello once again managed to stifle a normally aggressive opponent.
Sharp lead left’s and accurate body punching from Caparello were enough secure a narrow points victory. However, not enough to do so convincingly.
July 25, 2013