BROOKLYN — Light heavyweight Marcus Browne, of Staten Island, scored knockdowns in each of the first and second rounds against Philadelphia’s Taneal Goyco, whom he then cornered and battered until referee Earl Brown waved an end to Saturday’s fight at 0:54 of the second round at Barclays Center.
A 2012 U.S. Olympic team member, Brown rose to 4-0 with as many knockouts while Goyco, whose corner stopped the bout, slipped to 4-6-1 with two knockouts.
“The first knockdown was a hook. A left hook that caught him right on the button. He dropped, but I stayed focused and didn’t want to rush anything. I just let it come to us again in the second round. Second round, it was the same thing,” said Browne.
“I didn’t think that he had taken that much punishment. He was trying to come back. I don’t think they should have stopped it then, but that’s his corner, and they really care for him and they don’t want to see their guy get too badly hurt. I love to give the fans brutal knockouts, but if they stopped it, they stopped it.”
Also, junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa, of Brooklyn, hammered out a four-round unanimous decision over Calvin Smith, of Prichard, Ala. Ochoa, 20, went the distance for the first time, rising to 4-0 with three knockouts, while Smith dropped to 2-3.
Ochoa was coming off November’s first-round knockout of Michael Salcido on the undercard of an eighth-round knockout victory by Adrien Broner for the WBC’s lightweight belt over Antonio DeMarco at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
In the evening’s first fight, super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (2-0, 2 KOs), of Temple Hills, Md., scored a second-round stoppage of Marcus Clay (2-6), of Baton Rouge, La. Next, Philadelphia bantamweight Miguel Cartegna (6-0, 3 KOs) hammered out a four-round unanimous decision over Chicago’s Angel Carvajal (2-1).
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