A day after being panned for his first round loss to former NRL star Paul Gallen, heavyweight boxer Lucas Browne has detailed the extent of his injuries from the fight.
Gallen defeated Browne by a first round TKO on Wednesday night, in a controversial bout that prompted suggestions that Browne hadn't taken his training seriously in the weeks leading up to the bout.
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Browne hit the canvas twice in the first two minutes, wearing flurries of blows from the former Cronulla Sharks enforcer - first for a standing count, but the second knockdown was enough to end the fight.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday afternoon, Browne said he'd temporarily lost hearing in his left ear but was otherwise fine.
“Got a few little marks here and there, and I can’t hear out of my left ear. I’m assuming that was the shots across the top, but everything seems to be fine,” Browne said.
“What I do want to say is a massive thank you to the fans and the supporters, also all the sponsors that have helped me get here as well.
“Learning a lot, looking forward to what’s coming next.”
The Instagram post followed two posts on Facebook in the early hours of Thursday morning, in which Browne hit back at criticisms he'd taken a dive.
The early TKO prompted Australian boxing great Barry Michael to suggest Browne 'should never consider venturing into a ring again'.
Clearly aware of the barrage of criticism, Browne responded by saying he'd lost the fight to Gallen fair and square.
“It’s so f***ing sad to see so many bullshit comments, attacks, haters and people saying I took a dive,” Browne wrote. “I had a fight, I fought s***, couldn’t recover, have been out the ring for too long and got beat, end of story.
“I got in there, had a go, failed, and that’s it … full credit to Gallen. Thankyou to the fans, supporters and sponsors, and I do apologise.”
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Gallen entered the ring as the underdog, with Browne insisting he'd be the one to land the knockout blow.
But, urged on by his 2016 premiership-winning teammate Andrew Fifita and several other Sharks in the near-sellout crowd, it was Gallen who lived up to his own pre-fight promise to destroy Browne's career.
"I had confidence in my chin against a guy like this," Gallen said.
"The more I train and the more I spar in the sport of boxing (the better I get."
Gallen ranked his win among the highlights of his career.
"Nothing will replace the premiership that I won with the Sharkies," he said.
"I'm a prize fighter, I'm not here for titles. I'm about taking fights that people want to see," he said.
"I'll be having as many fights as I can so I can cash in."
Now undefeated in a dozen bouts, Gallen collected almost half a million dollars for his latest victory, which has likely set up another monster pay day later in the year against budding Olympian Justin Huni.
Browne is scheduled to meet Huni before the latter heads to the Tokyo Olympics as an amateur but that blockbuster could be in doubt after Wednesday night's showing from the 42-year-old.
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