VIDEO: Light heavyweight prospect Radivoje Kalajdzic robbed in Brooklyn.
By Joseph Correa
Light Heavyweight prospect Radivoje Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs) took on 2012 olympian and rising light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) this past Saturday night on the undercard of the Errol Spence vs. Chris Algieri card which aired on NBC as part of the Premier Boxing Champion series.
Both men were undefeated and hungry to win and understood how big this fight was to elevate them to the next level. Browne came out fast looking to use his athleticism to establish an edge early. In an odd turn of events, Kalajdzic looked to lose his balance momentarily causing him to fall to the canvas where Browne stepped in a landed a punch while his opponent was down. The referee started his count and it was scored a knockdown. This confused Kalajdzic as well as most observers ringside because it was clearly a slip and no punch had ever been thrown or landed to cause the knockdown. Kalajdzic momentarily plead his case but moved on and continued to fight.
Two mistakes were made in one moment first being the slip being ruled a knockdown and second the referee not taking a point for Browne punching his man while he was down. The first 3 rounds looked to be in Browne's favor.
Round 4 saw the tables turn as Kalajdzic landed a big counter right during an exchange that hurt Marcus Browne badly forcing him to hold.
Marcus Browne never seemed to recover from the right-hand shot and was a completely different fighter and set the tone for the remainder of the bout. Round 6 saw him get hurt again and dropped leaving the crowd in shock at what they were witnessing. Browne's legs were gone and it was obvious as he resorted to holding frequently for the remainder of the bout. The 8th and final round saw Marcus Browne hit the canvas two more times but both were ruled slips again illustrating that his legs were no longer with him.
To many observers, it was clear who the winner of the fight was and many including Browne's hometown crowd booed when the scorecards were read. One judge scored it for Kalajdzic, 76-74, but the other two judges saw it for the hometown fighter Browne 76-74 and 76-75
Immediately after the fight Radivoje Kalajdzic said he planned to appeal the decision based on the fact that a point was not taken away for the foul in round 1 and would wait to see what the commission's decision would be.
Check out his interview below:
Feature photo: Ed Diller/Dibella Entertainment