Browne stops Chagaev to win WBA belt
- Updated: March 5, 2016
Lucas Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) scored a 10th round stoppage over Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) wo win the WBA heavyweight title on Saturday night in Chechnya, Russia.
Browne was content early on to use his jab but Chagaev began to put some heat on the Australian in the middle rounds, finally dropping him in the sixth round. Browne somehow survived the round but was in pretty bad shape.
Browne then came back strong in the seventh and reestablished his jab and in the 10th, a booming right hand sent Chagaev down hard. Moments after getting back to his feet, Chagaev took a pounding from Browne until referee Stanley Christodoulou waved it off.
The win makes Browne the first Australian to hold a heavyweight belt.