At the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday TGB Promotions – Tom Brown on PBC Championship Fight Night featured heavyweights Adam “Baby Face” Kownacki defeated Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola in a war! Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne was upset by former WBC world champion Jean Pascal in defense of his interim WBA and WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Title’s. Curtis Stevens was also upset by Wale Omotoso. This was covered over USA FOX.
In the co-feature WBA and WBC No.1 contender southpaw “Sir” Marcus Browne, 23-1 (16), 173 3/4, of Staten Island, NY, lost his interim WBA and WBC Silver Light Heavyweight titles by TD to former WBC World champion Haitian Jean Pascal, 34-6-1 (20), 174 1/2, from Quebec, Canada, in 9 rounds of a scheduled 12.
In the first round it took a round for a solid left from Browne on the chin of Pascal. Bad blood between these two. Browne controlled with his jab. In the second round Browne continued out working Pascal who was warned for using his head.
In the third round Browne hurt Pascal halfway through the round but was unable to follow up. In the fourth round a wild right hand from Pascal on the chin of Browne dropped him for the 8 count from referee Gary Rosato. Pascal couldn’t follow up.
In the fifth round Browne rocked Pascal with a left on the chin. Both fighters spent too much time clinching especially by Pascal with referee Rosato having his work cut out for him. The older Pascal knew he is losing and tried every dirty trick he could to make up for it.
In the seventh round Browne rocked Pascal within seconds with a left to the chin. Into the last final thirty seconds Pascal dropped Browne twice with right hands on the chin. In the eighth round an accidental head butt by Pascal opened up a nasty cut over the left eye of Browne causing the fight to be stopped by referee Gary Rosato. Pascal used his head the entire fight in most of the many clinches. He had a lump on his forehead size of a golf ball.
Going to the score cards all 3 judges had it 75-74 Pascal. This writer had it 75-75.
In the Main Event heavyweight’s No. 4 IBF, No. 6 WBA, No. 7 WBC contender Adam “Baby Face” Kownacki, 20-0 (16), 266 1/2, of Lonza, Poland, now out of Brooklyn, NY, won in what could be the “fight of the year” over former contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, 38-6-1 (33), 244, out of Escondido, CA, over 12 rounds of punching!
In the first round there was no feeling out. The fireworks started with both throwing bombs. Kownacki pessed the action to the delight of the many Polish spectators. In the second round it was better than the first round with neither holding back. Kownacki continued coming forward as both continued head hunting.
In the third round after near a minute gone Kownacki rocked Arreola with a right on the chin. Arreola went to the body at times and leaning on Kownacki trying not to give him punching room. That didn’t stop Kownacki cracking Arreola.
In the fourth round it was Arreola pressing forward. The slugfest continued with Arreola landing uppercuts and Kownacki landing rights between the defense of Arreola’s gloves. In the fifth round round Arreola was smothering Kownacki staying in close landing rights. Kownacki landed more than his share to the chin.
In the sixth round Kownacki used a jag and right hand again and again on the chin of Arreola. Both slugged it out right up to the bell with Kownacki having a good round. Arreola went back to his corner holding his left hand. In the seventh round they continued throwing punches. Kownacki landed more winning the round.
In the eighth round the action continued. Both fighters showed respect for each other’s power. Kownacki out landed Arreola who got in many uppercuts. In the ninth round it looked like Arreola was ready to quit but suddenly came back like the warrior he is. At the end of the rounds they tap gloves.
In the tenth round Arreola slugs it out and then takes steps back with his hands down trying to get a breather. Kownacki uses his jab followed by a straight right to the chin of Arreola. Kownacki landed the final half dozen punches. Between rounds the ring physician checked Arreola.
In the eleventh round Arreola knowing he is behind and being checked by the ring physician comes out throwing rights to the head coming forward but Kownacki keeps punching to the chin. Good round for Arreola.
In the twelfth and final round with an injured left Arreola is landing right after right to the chin of Kownacki backing him up. Kownacki took over in the final minute. This was a war!
Scores were Trella 118-110 while Morgan and Moretti had it 117-111. This writer had it 116-112.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I felt I landed more punches. Chris is a Mexican warrior. I am still improving my skills and hope for a title fight next year,” said Kownacki.
“I broke my hand but had to keep fighting and fighting. I will have to talk it over with my family about my future. He was relentless throwing punches. He won the fight. Thanks to Barclay, and the fans,” said Arreola.
Former world title challenger Super Welterweight Curtis “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens, 30-7 (22), out of Brownville, NY, was stopped by Nigerian Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso, 28-4 (22), now out of Oxnard, CA, at 1:28 of the third round of a scheduled 10.
In the first round Stevens did all the scoring up until near the final minute when he got hit with a right on the side of the head from Omotoso and down he went for an 8 count by referee Rosato. He got up and continued pressing Omotoso.
In the second round a left jab from Omotoso on the chin of Stevens knocked him back and down for an 8-count by referee Johnny Callas. Again Stevens got up pressing Omotoso. In the third round a right hand on the chin from Omotoso on the chin of Stevens dropped him for a third round. As he beat the count the referee wisely waved off the fight.
“My trainer told me keep your hands up, use your jab and look for an opening. Thank you for the opportunity,” said Omotoso.