Marcus Browne, a light heavyweight prospect from Staten Island, improved to 5-0 tonight with a second round stoppage win over karate master Ricardo "Lightning Foot" Campillo, dropping Campillo in both rounds and forcing the corner to step in and save their fighter after referee Earl "The Pearl" Brown was ready to let the fight continue.
Browne (5-0, 5 KO) was an Olympian last year in London for the U.S. team, and the 22-year-old southpaw has looked sharp thus far as a pro. Campillo (7-7-1, 5 KO), a 37-year-old Mexican who Steve Farhood says has traveled the world in karate, and sort of resembled former WCW curtain jerker Jerry Flynn, so I gave him that nickname for funsies, was robotic, stationary, and easy for Browne to find. All in all, that made for a very short night.
Campillo went down in the first round on a straight left hand, but didn't look particularly hurt, and ate a hard left hand immediately upon the action resuming. In the second, Brown found Campillo again with the left hand as well as body shots, and rocked his skull around in the corner. Campillo tried to get out of there, but wound up on the canvas. Referee Brown was going to let it continue, but Campillo wasn't good on his feet, and the corner stopped it before Browne could do any further damage.