Dillian Whyte put on a career defining performance last night by knocking out opponent Lucas Browne inside six rounds.
Whyte vs Browne was the top of the bill event at the 02 Arena in London where fans piled in to witness the highly-anticipated boxing grudge match.
Whyte looked to be the more fluid fighter from the first bell exhibiting neat footwork and measured head movement whilst putting pressure on Browne.
The Bodysnatcher, decked in black shorts, landed jutting jabs on the heavily inked Browne, who seemed sluggish in finding his rhythm.
Poor efforts to defend incoming bodyshots and counter punching suggested Browne had underprepared for this clash, despite having received dedicated coaching in sparring sessions from Whyte’s long-standing rival Dereck Chisora.
Three rounds in to the fight and Browne looked off the pace and in danger of an early upset. A large cut above the left eye had already put a spanner in the works for the Australian’s game plan.
Whyte moved through the gears by putting together combinations which Browne rarely responded to, allowing the British heavyweight to take full ring control.
By round six it was apparent that Browne had nothing left in the tank and Whyte seized the opportunity by unloading with heavy shots to the head and body one after the next.
The flurry culminated with a looping left hand to the temple, leaving Browne motionless on the canvas. Browne had no answer, he was out cold.
Promoter Eddie Hearn expressed his delight with Whyte’s performance on the night in a post-fight interview backstage: “I think the 02 owed us one after British Beef, I think we got it right. It was a brilliant night and I’m so happy. I’m just so happy with the entertainment and I hope everyone enjoyed it.”
Whyte was in fine form after his knockout and didn’t hold back on analysing his monumental win. When interviewed he said “A lot of people say this and that but when they stand up against me it’s a different story. 02 is my home… I’m gonna lay all of these guys out one by one.”