Before the Showtime broadcast of Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner, Sho Extreme was offering three undercard bouts which showcased some up-and-coming talent.
In the opening bout of the broadcast, former U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (5-0, 5 knockouts) took on Ricardo Campillo (7-7-1, 5 knockouts) in a cruiserweight bout. Although normally a light heavyweight, Browne made the most of the added weight and dominated his opponent from the onset.
At the opening bell, Browne showed some slick footwork and head movement that would cause fits for Campillo. Although the two seemed tentative at first, Browne was relentless in his attack to Campillo’s body. It was this accumulated damage that eventually allowed Browne to knock Campillo down with a lunging straight hand. Campillo’s survives the ref’s ten-count, but it’s clear that the end is near.
At the start of the second round Browne unleashes a volley of shots that all manage to land and badly hurt Campillo. Campillo tries to find a way out of the position, but Browne manages to throw another series of punches that finally knock Campillo down. Although Campillo beat the count, the look of defeat was obvious on his face. This led to the corner ultimately stopping the fight, and awarding Browne another stoppage win for his budding record.
The swing bout of the evening proved to be just as one-sided as 3-time U.S. Olympian Rau’Shee Warren (13-0, 3 knockouts) took on Jovany Fuentes (5-2, 4 knockouts) in a bantamweight bout.
The first round saw both fighters using a smart jab early, but Warren was quickly proving to be the much more technical fighter between the two. Warren manages to drop Fuentes with a stiff left hand, and again drops Fuentes towards the end of the round. This led to Fuentes’ decision to come out especially aggressive in the following round, but Warren quickly made him regret it. As Fuentes charged forward, Warren responded with a short punch that drops Fuentes to the canvas. The ref waved off the fight, and Warren walked away with another KO win.
The most competitive bout of the undercard turned out to be the Middleweight contest between Joachim Alcine (33-5-1, 19 knockouts) and Julian Williams (13-0-1, 7 knockouts).
After a first round that saw Williams nearly stop Alcine along the ropes, it seemed all but guaranteed that the end was near for Alcine. Each of the following rounds saw him slowly get outworked, outboxed, and frankly outpunched. Still, Alcine proved to be just the kind of tough test an up-and-comer like Williams needs.
After a round 4 and 5 that saw him get knocked down, Alcine not only stayed in the fight, but seemed to grow stronger as the fight went on. Sensing the significant deficit on the judge’s scorecards, Alcine decided to turn up his punch output in an attempt to outwork and perhaps stop Williams. This held especially true in round 7 and 8 when Alcine resorted to his smothering yet all-pressure style to win some rounds and finally set up some offense. Still, the work proved to be all for naught, as Alcine couldn’t make up for the work Williams had done in the early rounds.
All three judges scored the bout (77-72) in favor of the much younger Williams. Although the scores make the bout seem one-sided, there’s no ignoring that the bout with Alcine served as the toughest test of Williams’ young career.
With three dominant wins from three dominant prospects, here’s to hoping these fighters make it back to a broadcast sooner rather than later.