Via Jim Calfa: Marcus Browne believes he’s ready to weather his disappointment over IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev this Friday night, December 17 on ESPN+ at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. . Passes start at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
Beterbiev and Brown spoke very little during Wednesday’s final press conference. Indeed, the two said a few words when it came time for them to discuss their fight for Friday night.
A loss to Beterbiev on Friday would scupper his chance to take on Canelo Alvarez, who is interested in winning four titles in the tournament.
Some believe that the only thing stopping Canelo from going beyond the belts at 175 is the danger Beterbiev posed to him.
But if Browne can solve Canelo’s problem by beating Beterbiev, that could speed his progress towards the back of the belt.
It would be a dream come true for Browne, hitting a big payday fight against Canelo after a nasty win over 175lb boxer in Beterbiev.
Marcus Browne believes he can win
US athlete 2012 Browne (24-1, 16 KOs) possesses the height, reach, speed, and boxing skills needed to defeat two-time undefeated 5’11” Russian Beterbiev (16-0). , 16 KOs).
We don’t know if Browne will be able to pull off the powerful shots that Betterbiev will use. Beterbiev, 36, has the potential to end the fight in an instant if he lands one of his big shots in the head of Browne, 31.
“We trained hard for the fight. He’s a tough customer, but on Friday night we’re going to change the narrative,” said Marcus Browne.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe it, and by Friday night you’ll see. I’m tired of talking. I want to fight,” said a motivated Browne.
Earlier this year, in April, Browne defeated Denis Grachev by a unanimous decision of ten on his return from a loss to WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal from August 2019.
Browne suffered a cut with a headbutt during a clash with the mighty Pascal, and the match was halted shortly thereafter in the round of 16. Pascal won by an eighth-round technical decision.
Beterbiev was well prepared
“We are ready. We had a good training camp, and I’m ready to give my best on Friday night,” said Betterbiev.
In Beterbiev’s final match, he defeated Adam Deines by a 10th round knockout last March in Moscow, Russia. Beterbiev had been out of work for a year and a half after suffering an injury and contracting COVID-19 the previous year.
Following Beterbiev’s massive 10th round knockout win over 175lb WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October 2019, he will use his win to keep 2020 busy for a number of key games.
Unfortunately, injury and an illness upset Beterbiev’s plans, keeping him out of the ring until he fought Deines last March.
James, Browne’s coach is ready to win
“I found out when we got here that Marcus is a big underdog, and we accept that,” said Browne coach Derrick James. “This will be a historic war. After Marcus wins this title, I will be the only coach in history.
“I know who I am. I know Marcus will do what I ask him to do. He was already a good fighter when he came to me, and I just helped him build that. I believe in myself. , and I believe in Marcus,” Derrick said.
Browne will need to show better defense against Beterbiev than he lost to Pascal if he is to win the fight as he won’t be around for long if he allows the Russian boxer to land his shots. hit his best on Friday night.