In his 12th fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne wasted no time tonight, putting away Francy Ntetu in the first round.
Browne (21-0, 16 KO) dropped Ntetu (17-2, 4 KO) about halfway into the opening round, before slugging away with Ntetu against the ropes until referee Arthur Mercante Jr stepped in and stopped the fight.
It’s a solid win for Browne against a guy who fights defensively and lasted into the seventh round against David Benavidez, a current super middleweight titleholder, back in 2016.
The official time of the stoppage was 2:15 of round one.
Browne, 27, is a former Olympian and moves a step closer to a potential world title shot at 175 pounds. He’s arguably the top American in the division right now — it’s him or Joe Smith Jr — and there are going to be opportunities later this year under the PBC banner, if everyone agrees he’s ready for a shot.