The scene at the Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny, Russia absolutely electric as Australia's Lucas Browne came back against the odds to score a knock-out victory over Ruslan Chagaev in their WBA World Heavyweight title fight this past Saturday night.
Browne, who was at least a 2 to 1 underdog, entered the fight with Chagaev with an undefeated record of 23-0 but with little in the way of world-wide respect. Browne had been the WBA's mandatory challenge for Chagaev's belt since February of 2015, and Browne was passed over on more than one occassion.
Browne went to Russia determined to make the most of his opportunity, and from the start he boxed well, flashing a sound game plan that featured a lot of active jabbing and movement. Chagaev sent Browne crashing to the canvas in the sixth, but Browne responded with strong seventh and eight rounds. Chagaev took the fight back over in the ninth, and in the tenth Browne responded by sending Chagaev to the mat.
Though the Russian got up, he was out of it and Browne knew it. He unloaded a flurry and it was only a matter of time before the referee stepped in.
A big Boxing Channel congratulations to Lucas Browne, who goes home to Australia with the WBA World Heavyweight belt and goes down in history as the first Aussie to own a piece of the world heavyweight title.