Davey Browne’s mother yelled out “stop the fight” in the rounds before the professional boxer was knocked to the canvas in the final minutes of a 2015 bout, a NSW coroner’s court has heard.
A few days later, the 28-year-old was dead.
Browne died in hospital on September 15 after being punched in the 12th round of a regional IBF super featherweight title fight at the Ingleburn RSL on September 11, 2015.
His parents were in Glebe Coroner’s Court in Sydney on Wednesday when footage was shown of their son taking punches from Filipino Carlo Magali without putting up much defence.
In her opening address, counsel assisting the coroner Kristina Stern SC said the boxer’s father, David Browne, had described him as looking as “drunk as a skunk” as he walked out for the 12th round.
His mother, Debra Browne, on Wednesday said she yelled “stop the fight” in the earlier rounds although no other witnesses heard her.
“When you watch the video you can see the fight should have been stopped in the 11th,” David Browne, who says he goes to his son’s grave every day, said outside the court. “When I lost Davey I lost half of me.”
Deputy State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan will consider whether referee Charlie Lucas, trainer Todd Makelim and ringside doctor Lawrence Noonan should have communicated better about Browne’s health and taken steps to stop the fight.
The footage shows Browne repeatedly being punched in the head during the 11th round before falling forward on to his hands and being given an eight count by the referee. He’s punched again soon afterwards and falls backwards on to the ropes as the bell rings.