On Friday, March 12, 2010 – Mark “Oaktree” Brown (15-3, 7ko’s) let one slip away as he over-cautiously contested Tony Grano (17-1, 13ko’s) in their rematch at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.
In September of 2008, Salem, NJ native Brown pulled the rug from the CES Boxing team when he scored a miraculous, come-from-behind knockout victory over the then undefeated Grano on Grano’s home court. This win would earn Brown the WBF heavyweight title. Not a highly regarded belt – but the first in the career of a 41-year-old fighter who took the hard knock road through the business.
Team Grano has been itching for a rematch ever since. Some thought lightening would strike twice. It almost did – but Brown waited too long to bring the thunder.
Where the first fight was full of hay-makers and knockdowns – this one started off as a stinker. Oaktree refused to throw punches for the better of nine rounds and Grano was no help in the initiation process, staying far away from striking distance.
Things changed once Brown decided to let his fists fly in the 10th and final round. One can-opener right hand landed so hard at one point he almost knocked Grano clean out of the ring with a filthy overhand right. Video of Brown landing the “super punch” is below. Grono hit the ropes and then the canvas, but to his credit he was able to beat the 10-count.
The late knockdown wasn’t enough to win a contest filled with mauling and wrestling. It went to the score cards and read in favor of the hometown favorite Grano by tallies of 98-91 and 97 – 92 x 2.
It was a good run for Oaktree who said this very well may be his final fight as a pro boxer. The 41 year old Salem, NJ native is said to be interested in pursuing a career in the MMA or Professional Wrestling….
Clip of Oaktree landing the super punch in round 10
“Brace For Impact,” was presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports