Monday, December 05, 2022  |



Marcus Browne 177, George Blades 196.6


Light heavyweight Marcus Browne, who weighed in at a contracted 177 pounds, will go forward with Thursday’s fight against last-minute replacement George Blades, who came in at a whopping 196.6, according to Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions.

Browne (12-0, 9 knockouts) will face Blades (23-6, 16 KOs) as part of an event headlined by junior middleweight Austin Trout (27-2, 14 KOs) against Luis Grajeda (18-3-2, 14 KOs) at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.

The show will honor the late promoter, Dan Goossen, who died in September at the age of 64 of complications from liver cancer.

Brown said that in accordance with the rules of the California State Athletic Commission, Blades will be fined 20 percent of his purse, adding that “Half of that will go to the commission and half of that will go to” Browne.

“Explanation? I don’t think that there is any explanation. It’s just unprofessional and I’m disappointed,” said Brown of Blades, who replaced injured Henry Buchanan earlier this week.

“What I told Browne’s people is that there is still something to be said for a young fighter and a young Olympian like him to still go into the ring. To strap on a pair of 10 ounce gloves and to do the ringwalk. For a young guy, he can still gain something.”

Browne, 24, has scored consecutive knockouts in 91 and 28 seconds over Donta Woods in June and Paul Vasquez in August, respectively.

Blades, 40, has gone 2-4 in his past six fights and was knocked out for the fourth time during that stretch in the first round of his last fight with Chad Dawson in June. Prior to facing Dawson, Blades was stopped in the fifth round by Jean Pascal in September 2013.


The remaining weights from the 13-fight card are as follows:

Austin Trout 156 vs. Luis Grajeda 155.6

Antonio Tarver 225.6 vs. Johnathon Banks 211.8

Edwin Rodriguez 177 vs. Derrick Findley 173.4

Tyson Cave 121.8 vs. Oscar Escandon 121.6

Sergio Mora 161.8 vs. Dashon Johnson 164.2

Dominic Breazeale 261 vs. Epifanio Mendoza 221

Rico Ramos 130.4 vs. Juan Ruiz 126.4

Terrell Gausha 153.8 vs. Cesar Vila 154.8

Gerald Washington 250 vs. Mike Sheppard 235

Ahmed Elbiale 176.4 vs. Lawrence Blakey 175.8

Vatche Martirosyan 142.2 vs. Eddie Diaz 142.6

Malcolm McAllister 164 vs. Fernando Najera 165.4