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BROWNE MAKES SHORT WORK OF TOWERS

 

 

Browne makes short work of Towers to earn shot at Commonwealth champion Price

By Martin Domin   -   dailymail.co.uk

Lucas Browne earned a shot at Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price by knocking out Richard Towers in the fifth round in Hull on Saturday night.

The eagerly-anticipated clash between the two unbeaten men failed to ignite as Towers struggled to deal with the Australian’s power.

Browne, who is promoted by Ricky Hatton, rocked the Sheffield man in the third and fourth rounds before finishing the job in the fifth.

Too much: Lucas Browne used his power to good effect to stop Richard Towers on Saturday night

Too much: Lucas Browne used his power to good effect to stop Richard Towers on Saturday night

Both men brought impressive knockout ratios to the ring with Towers having stopped 11 of 14 opponents while Browne had been taken the distance just twice in 17 fights.

And while Towers was content to box behind the jab in the opening round, Browne immediately looked for the knockout punch. The end result was a rather tentative and uneventful three minutes.

Towers remained overly cautious in the second session, appearing to give too much respect to Browne’s power.

There was more purpose to his work in the third round but Browne sent him staggering back to the ropes with a punishing right hand shortly before the bell.

End of the road: The referee waves the fight off after Towers was on the end of a barrage of shots

End of the road: The referee waves the fight off after Towers was on the end of a barrage of shots

And after a quiet fourth stanza, Browne completed the job before the halfway mark. Pinning Towers on the ropes, he unleashed a flurry of thudding shots which left Towers bent backwards over the ropes. Once the referee stepped in, Towers staggered across the ring and was soon put out of his misery.

Browne will now set his sights on Price who has yet to return to the ring following his second defeat to Tony Thompson in July.

Earlier, Josh Warrington won the Commonwealth featherweight title with the first stoppage win of his career against Samir Mouneimne.

Curtis Woodhouse returned to winning ways with a points victory over Lewis van Poetsch while Rendall Munroe was taken the six-round distance by Pavels Senkovs.
 

Sourcewww.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2485371/Lucas-Browne-beats-Richard-Towers-Commonwealth-heavyweight-eliminator.html

 

Lucas Browne stops Richard Towers in fifth round of eliminator for David Price's Commonwealth heavyweight title

Australian Lucas Browne stopped Richard Towers in the fifth round of their Commonwealth heavyweight title eliminator in Hull.

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Lucas Browne: Stopped Richard Towers in the fifth round

Lucas Browne: Stopped Richard Towers in the fifth round

Both men headed into what looked an explosive contest with unbeaten records, but there proved to be very little action in the opening two rounds as a tentative Towers tried to keep things at range behind his jab.

Browne finally tagged his man at the end of third with a short right hook and sent Towers wobbling back across the ring and on to the ropes, with the bell eventually saving the Englishman.

But that warning was not heeded and Browne got the job done in devastating style at the start of the fifth as he trapped his man on the ropes and then unloaded with a spiteful barrage.

After clinging on to the ropes to remain upright, Towers was given a standing count but was in no fit state to defend himself, leading the referee to call a halt.

The win earns Browne the right to fight for David Price's Commonwealth strap, but the powerful Aussie is unconvinced the Liverpudlian will fancy taking him on.

"I'm ready for it, to be honest I don't know if David Price is? He's lost his last two by TKO so will he want to take on a big puncher like me? I'm not so sure," Browne told Sky Sports.

"But I'm willing to fight him, I'm willing to fight anyone, line them all up... Chisora, Tyson Fury, even David Haye eventually."

Warrington claims title

Earlier on the bill, Josh Warrington produced a superb display to wear down Samir Mouneimne and claim the Commonwealth featherweight title.

The unorthodox Mouneimne made the early running but ran out of steam as Warrington gradually got on top before claiming the first stoppage of his career in the 12th and final round.

Switching stances at will, Mouneimne unloaded with plenty of big, wild shots in the early stages and did not allow his more measured opponent to settle.

But after that opening barrage, the fight began to turn in the fifth as Mouneimne's pace dropped noticeably allowing Warrington to dictate behind his jab and take control of proceedings.

From that point he dominated, producing much the more accurate work and managing his work-rate far better than his rival who looked increasingly leggy as the fight wore on.

It looked like Warrington would have to go to the cards to claim victory, but referee Howard Foster opted to step in with just over half of the final round remaining with Mouneimne looking unable to defend himself after being tagged with a flurry on the ropes.

A delighted Warrington told Sky Sports afterwards: "It's my first stoppage, I think I was due one! There's no better time to get one than in my first 12-rounder.

"Part of the gameplan was to get into him in the second half. He's a very good boxer and he knows how to move, so we thought we'd take him into the second half.

"It was all about being patient mentally even when he was moving about and when I wasn't having much success and I'm happy with how it went."
 

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