Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz were the first of three eye-watering heavyweight showdowns scheduled to take place in March.
It was a classic encounter between the duo as Ortiz dictated the pace of the fight and was looking likely to cause an upset seven rounds in before Wilder delivered a devastating knock out in the tenth-round.
Australia’s former world champion Lucas Browne will be on the fringes of challenging for the WBC strap should he emerge victorious on March 24 against Briton’s Dillian Whyte.
Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, Browne gave a damning assessment on Wilder’s recent performance. He said: “To be honest, Wilder seems to be getting outboxed a lot in his fights, including the likes of Washington and Szpilka. You can’t count Stiverne as he didn’t show up. I had Ortiz up in the fight before the knockout.
“I don’t think his boxing talent is all that good but the man can hit and if he does hit you then you stay hit. His knockout percentage says all you need to know.
“Ortiz was winning the fight, I only gave Wilder two or three rounds but then that big hit came through and it changed it all. How the judges scored it 85-84 I’ll never know.
“That’s why I like knocking people out because you then don’t have to rely on the judges,” he laughed.
The last fight from the trio of heavyweight clashes is between titans Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. The unification bout will take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Browne has admitted he is targeting the WBC crown but understands he may have to be patient.
“I’m not sure how it is all going to play out. Wilder has obviously just fought and won. Joshua and Parker will fight a week after my fight and that will shape what happens for a lot of us after.
“I think Joshua will come through as long as he stays long. But if he fights like he did against Takam then it will play into Parker’s hands a little bit more.
“I’m assuming Wilder will want to take on Joshua and get a good payday so that may put me on the backburner.
“If that’s not the case then I’d love to take on Wilder next for sure,” he concluded.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95