Rising heavyweight prospect Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne 16-0 (14) notched the biggest win of his career with a wide points decision over faded former world champion James “Lights Out” Toney 74-8-3 (45) at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Australia on Sunday.
The rotund Toney, who came in at his second-highest career weight at 250.5 pounds, showed glimpses of the defensive prowess he was once renowned for, but his offense was sorely lacking at the much bigger Browne stalked him for much of the fight.
Browne boxed a patient fight, content to stay on the outside and utilise his underrated jab to rack up scoring shots. The 6’4” fighter from Perth, Western Australia was able to nullify much of Toney’s counter attack by keeping the fight at long range.
In the last two rounds Browne took his foot off the gas, but there was little Toney could do to turn the fight around. When the final bell rang and the scores were tabulated, the 120-108, 119-108 and 117-111 cards told the story of the fight.
While the bout had been panned by some critics, the fight gave Browne some much needed rounds and will further enhance his development as a boxer.
After the fight Browne took to Twitter to defend the matchup: “Some people are saying that Toney isn't the fighter that he used to be and that's true. But I'm not yet the fighter I'm going to be either.”
In the main support bout former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson 29-3-1 (14) knocked out big punching former rugby league standout Solomon Haumono 20-2-2 (18) with a big left hook at 2:53 of the 10th round.
Johnson boxed a superb fight, using his tight defence to set up accurate counter punches with both hands. In the 8th Johnson turned up the heat, visibly hurting a tiring Haumono who had lost all the steam on his punches.
The brash American continued to control the bout until the fight ending punch late in the 10th. With Haumono on the canvas and clearly in no state to continue, referee Tony Marretta waved off the fight without applying a count.
Plans are underway to match Browne and Johnson at the same venue later this year.
In other bouts, Daniel “The Doberman” Ammann 26-5-1 (6) was too slick for Kane Watts 9-2 (4), retaining his Australian cruiserweight title by scores of 98-91, 97-91 and 97-92.
At heavyweight US-based Romanian Razvan Cojanu 6-1 (3) stopped New Zealand’s Paula Mataele 7-1-1 (6) in the third round of a scheduled six.
In a six round super middleweight bout Jake Carr 4-0 (2) dropped the normally durable Joel Burke15-24-2 (7) with a left hand early in the fight before sweeping the cards 60-53 twice and 60-54.
Junior welterweight Qamil Balla 4-0 (3) had too much firepower for Jay Thompson 0-2, stopping him in the first.
In an entertaining lightweight scrap, Matthew Lytwynenko 9-2-4 (5) had to settle for a split draw after being dropped heavily by a counter left hook in the sixth and final round by Singsiam Kokietgym 6-2-1 (6).
Heavyweight Joe Lloyd 2-3 (2) made short work of Anton Tuilotolava 0-7, stopping him at 1:36 of the first round.