BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Staten Island light heavyweight Marcus Browne and Brooklyn welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali each remained undefeated with knockouts on Saturday night’s undercard to the Showtime-televised welterweight bout between Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi at Barcays Center.
In the evening’s third fight, Ali (18-0, 11 knockouts) came up with a fifth-round knockdown during an eventual sixth-round technical knockout win over Mexican rival Jesus Selig (16-2-1, 10 KOs) on a stoppage by referee Pete Santiago.
“I think that the referee saw what was going to happen because everything was landing, and it was all happening so fast. I like to entertain the crowd, though, so I really wish that they wouldn’t have stopped it so early,” said Ali.
“The crowd was really getting into it and wanted to see more action, but you’ve got to respect the referee. I was less rusty this time, and my opponent had a better record than in the last fight. I still felt a little rusty, but I’m going to keep getting better and better.”
In the second bout of the night, Brown (8-0, 7 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, scored a first-round stoppage with a vicious left hook against rival Kevin Engel (20-9, 16 KOs) that prompted referee Edward Claudio to step in and stop the fight.
Browne’s last fight, also at Barclays, went the distance for an eight-round unanimous decision over Lamont Williams.
“I understand the game a lot more. Going the distance in my last fight showed me how to be patient, and you just have to catch him,” said Browne. “If you don’t catch him in the first round, you can catch him in the second round or the third round. I can fight tomorrow if I wanted to.”
The night began with featherweight Juan Dominguez scoring a unanimous decision over Carmilo Perez.
“This is a special night for me, it’s a special night for the fans with all of these world title fights. Tonight is something that I don’t want to forget,” said Dominguez.
“It felt great going eight rounds. It’s my second time doing that. I need to learn to box more, because I’m going to have some tougher guys down the road.
Also, junior middleweight Julian Williams nailed Orlando Lora with a vicious succession of left hooks and right crosses before referee Edward Claudio waved an end to the damage 34 seconds into the third round.
“I was taking my time. I’m glad that it was competitive,” said Williams. “I thought that the stoppage was good. I was taking my time and using my jab. I was touching the body more. I know that I’m difficult to hit, and he was easy to hit. My feet were fast, his were slow, so I knew that the stoppage was going to come, eventually.”
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