Team USA took its first setback of the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday as Marcus Browne (pictured right) fell to Austrailian Damien Hooper, 13-11, in an opening-round bout.
The Staten Island light heavyweight got off to a fast start and led, 3-2, after the first round and held a 6-5 advantage heading into the third. But Hooper came on strong the rest of the bout for the close win. Browne blamed himself for not following the directions of his corner.
“I didn’t listen to my corner. My corner said to take it to him. I did it for a little bit but not the whole round. I had a one-point lead and that’s really nothing. I definitely waited too long,” said Browne. “My corner told me more speed, less power and I didn’t listen but this isn’t a set back, it’s a learning experience.”
Despite the loss, Browne will not head home early with his head down.
“I’m going to stay here and support my team,” he said.
The US pushed its record to 4-0 after lightweight Jose Ramirez and welterweight Errol Spence each scored first-round wins on Sunday at the ExCel Centre. Ramirez pulled out a 21-20 decision over France’s Rachid Azzedine and Spence closed the night for Team USA with a 16-10 win over Brazil’s Myke Carvalho de Ribeiro.
Coram light welterweight Jamel Herring will look to get the US back on track tomorrow against Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov.