The stranded boxing champion destroyed by NRL legend Paul Gallen in a ridiculous match has denied taking the plunge and making excuses.
Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne took to Instagram the night after being knocked down twice by Gallen within two minutes to defend against social media attacks.
A video posted after the fight showed Browne eating junk food shortly before the fight, earning him a deluge of criticism.
Former champion Lucas Browne took to instagram to defend himself after being beaten by former NRL legend Paul Gallen, including showing where Gallen punched him
“It’s so sad to see so many comments, attacks, haters and people saying I dived,” Browne wrote in response.
“I fought, I fought, I couldn’t recover, I was in the ring too long and I was beaten, end of story.”
His last fight before Gallen was a stop by John Hopoate in 2019, which Gallen also stopped.
While he partly blamed his 18-month-old break from the ring for the loss – sometimes known as ‘ring rust’ – he also seemed to suggest he hadn’t had enough preparation time.
“It was a very short period that we had to work with, there will also be a lot more to come,” he said in the video on Instagram.
Browne was totally outclassed by Gallen in the 12th professional bout for the former Cronulla Sharks skipper.
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Browne, 42, looked slow and seemed to lack power against a much fitter and faster Gallen, 39.
Despite being the overwhelming favorite and having huge advantages in height, reach and experience, Browne put in a heavy performance.
The 6’5 Browne is 18cm taller than Gallen and has a head start of 17cm and has appeared in 31 professional fights, including winning Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA belt in 2016.
“I walked in there, I tried, I failed, and that’s it… all credit to Gallen.” Thanks to the fans, supporters and sponsors, and I apologize. ‘
Winner Gallen also denied rumors that Browne intentionally lost the fight or that this $ 60 pay-per-view match was rigged.
“There’s no way he dived. I hit it squarely, to be honest with you, ”said Gallen, news.com.au reported.
“I have no doubt that he took me lightly. I said this throughout the build. He thought he was going to cross me.
Browne also posted a video showing a few scratches – and mostly referring to the hearing loss in his left ear, due to Gallen’s punches.
“I have a few little marks here and there, and I can’t hear with my left ear,” Browne said.
“I guess it was the hits at the top, but everything seems to be going well,” Browne said.
He claimed that a punch to the back of the head was his downfall as he was wobbly and couldn’t recover to win the fight.
“I am not marked… I think I was hit in the back of the head, behind the ear and it disturbed my balance and I hardly could recover,” he said. .
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Browne told his “enemies” that he hadn’t taken the plunge: “I went in there, I tried, I failed, and that’s it,” he said – but he also blamed the rust of the bushings and a short prep time
In the fight, Browne appeared to have received several punches from Gallen to the left ear.
There are precedents in recent boxing history for shock losses after favorite boxers were hit in the ear, including world champion Anthony Joshua in his loss to Andy Ruiz in 2019.
But Ruiz was a known quantity and highly regarded as a boxer.
In one of the most spectacular upheavals in boxing history, Australian Danny Green stopped American legend Roy Jones jr in 2009 after hitting him behind the left ear at the start of the fight.
After Browne apologized, he thanked his team.
“What I mean is a huge thank you to the fans and supporters and all the sponsors who have helped me get here as well.
“Learn a lot of things, looking forward to what will happen next. ”