BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Staten Island light heavyweight Marcus Browne scored an early knockdown before cornering and hammering Cincinnati’s Josh Thorpe for a first-round knockout at Barclays Center on Saturday.
Browne, 22, rose to 3-0 with as many knockouts, his previous stoppages being in the first and third rounds. Thorpe is 1-3.
In the aftermath of his triumph, which ended with referee Pete Santiago waving for the stoppage at the 2:19 mark, Browne executed a crowd-pleasing dance.
“I’m so happy that my friends and family were here and they showed me a lot of love,” said Browne, who was in his first fight in New York.
“I didn’t hear them cheer for anybody like they cheered for me. It wasn’t a distraction, it was an incentive to take care of business.”
Browne-Thorpe took place on Saturday night’s undercard to a main event featuring 48-year-old former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins challenging IBF 175-pound titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
Hopkins-Cloud marks only the second-ever boxing event at Barclays, with the third scheduled for April 27 featuring the live Showtime telecast of a defense by RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia against former titleholder Zab Judah.
“I want to fight back here on April 27,” said Browne, who appears to be slated to face Philadelphia’s Taneal Goyco (4-5-1, 2 KOs) on that date. “Please tell everyone not to forget about the victims of Hurricane Sandy.”
Earlier, Brooklyn junior middleweight Frank Galarza (9-0-1, 5 KOs) dropped his man twice in the second and final round of a knockout over Guillermo Ibarra (7-2, 4 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico.
Spurred on by a nice cheering section, Galarza first floored Ibarra with a barrage of blows. When Ibarra rose, Galarza dropped him for good with a right hand, after which referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in to signal the end at the 2:19 mark
The only blemish on the record of Galarza, 27, is a draw with Maryland’s Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (10-0-1, four KOs), a 6-foot-5 prospect, in September. Galarza rebounded from that with a decision over Robert Lopez in December.
The night’s first bout was a battle of 201-pounders, with Steve Bujaj (9-0, 6 KOs), of New York, earning a hard-fought unanimous decision, 40-36, on all three cards over Zeferino Albino (4-16-3, 2 KOs), of Philadelphia. Bujaj had won three straight fights by knockout.
Next, Brooklyn junior featherweight Claude Staten scored a first round knockdown and won his professional debut by unanimous decision over Mike Hill (0-2), of New Orleans.
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