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Sport John Hopoate suffers TKO loss to former heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne

21:45  09 november  2019
21:45  09 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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John Hopoate looking at the camera© Getty Images

Former heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne scored a second-round TKO victory over ex-NRL bad boy John Hopoate at the St Marys Band Club on Saturday night.

After accepting the controversial fight on just four-days’ notice Hopoate rattled Browne in the opening round.

But the former Manly, Northern Eagles and Wests Tigers winger’s lack of training was soon exposed.

Browne, who admitted Hopoate ‘did rock me a little bit’, landed a barrage of vicious blows with both hands to stop the 45-year-old with under 10 second left in the second round.

Hopoate, who suffered a second-round TKO loss to Paul Gallen in February, stumbled across the ring and fell near his corner.

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He was helped to his stool and began mentally preparing for the third round, unaware he had been knocked out.

“I had him hurt but just wasn’t good enough,” Hopoate told Sporting News.

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“I gassed out and he was the heavyweight champion of the world.

“Four days preparation just wasn’t good enough I suppose.”

Hopoate fell to a 12-7 professional record with the loss, in what was just his second professional bout in nine years.

Browne, who was coming off a loss to David Allen in April, praised ‘Australian legend’ Hopoate after the fight.

“He hit me hard, and with 10oz gloves it hurts,” Browne told Sporting News.

“It did rock me a little bit, that’s why I was on the ropes. But I was just trying to survive and get it over and done with.

“I assumed he wouldn’t have the cardio. He’s an Australian legend in two sports and I’m just glad I was able to share the ring with him.”

Browne, 40, improves to a 29-2 career record with the win.

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It was only Hopoate’s second professional fight in nine years.Hoppa was brave but clearly outclassed by Browne after accepting the bout on just four days’ notice, stopped late in the second round after copping several heavy blows while trapped on the ropes.

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