Light heavyweight Marcus Browne craved gold, and although the Staten Islander will not exit London with a shiny bauble in his pocket, but he has no shame in his game, as he gave a solid account of himself in his opening-round loss to Aussie Damien Hooper on Monday morning in London.
Team USA was 4-0 until Browne, 21, met up with fellow lefty Hooper, who turned it up in Round 3 and got into fighting mode, instead of looking to pack on points. Hooper had his hand raised, by a 13-11 score, and will head to the round of 16. Browne held a 6-5 lead entering the final frame, but it was Hooper, 20, who closed out the show. In retrospect, Browne might have wished he had been more aggressive and taken it to Hooper more often. Hooper scored a standing eight count in Round 3, indicating the fury of his flurrying.
Browne fans had to be slightly miffed that CNBC, home to boxing coverage, switched away and didn't show the Browne bout. Then, a stream provided by its parent network went down as well, before staying strong.
Next up, New Yorkers, co-captain Jamel Herring will try to get it done. He gloves up Tuesday morning and we can only hope the channel doesn't swerve right before the Coram, N.Y., native gets it on with Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazkhstan in a light welterweight tangle.