Light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne fought for the 11th time tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the most for any fighter in the sport, and tonight, he was fortunate to be at home. Browne escaped with a highly controversial split decision that was booed by the audience, beating Radivoje Kaladjzic on scores of 76-74, 76-75, and 74-76. BLH had it 76-74 for Kaladjzic.
Browne (18-0, 13 KO) was given credit for a first round knockdown that absolutely was not a knockdown, and if anything was a foul from Browne, who hit Kaladjzic (21-1, 14 KO) while he was down, having slipped to a knee. Kalajdzic got that point back later with a clean knockdown in the sixth round, but even still, he never should have lost that extra first round point, anyway.
And even if you gave Browne that extra point -- as I did -- it's hard to find enough rounds to give to Browne for the win. He held excessively, with referee Tony Chiarantano doing nothing about it, and by the end was flat-out tackling Kalajdzic at points.
At best, this was controversial. At worst, it was a robbery. Either way, the stock on Browne has certainly dropped after tonight, despite remaining undefeated.