Who's next for Australia's Heavyweight Champion, Lucas Browne?
By TOM WATT on Feb 26 2015
T2T caught up with Australia’s number 1 heavyweight, Lucas Browne last week to talk about his current situation regarding his next fight, his thoughts on Deontay Wilder’s WBC Title win and what 2015 holds in store for the hard-hitting fighter.
On His Current Situation
Since stopping Chauncy Welliver with a broken eye socket in November last year, Browne has been keeping busy in the gym, working on a few tweaks here and there and moving towards the levels of fitness he feels he needs to challenge for a World Title.
“I’m just cruising at the moment because I don’t know what’s going on, I don’t want to peak too early and come up sore or injured so just cruising about 80% and waiting for some sort of announcement”
“The Welliver fight, for me, was good because it was the first fight under Jeff Fench properly where he was in the corner. – It was a fight that wasn’t going to threaten me in terms of losing my 0 but I could sit there and try some good things. Not that he was a push-over, he was one tough fella!
So I think maybe 2 or 3 fights like that to keep me busy would be great, that’s all I’m asking”
On working with Hatton Promotions
Keeping busy at the top of any division is difficult, especially the Heavyweights – a good ranking can be destroyed by a sub-par performance in a ‘keep warm’ fight and we’ve even seen mandatory challengers lose their status by losing a fight they didn’t need to take. However there is a balance to be struck and anyone that follows Browne on Twitter will have seen the amount of flack that has been directed towards his promoter, Ricky Hatton for the Aussie’s recent inactivity. Whilst Lucas is frustrated with this current inactivity, he knows that ‘The Hitman’ has served him well so far with strong rankings across the sport’s main bodies and a loyal fan-base in the UK and Australia.
“In the background they’re doing the right things, they’ve done the right things by me so far, I can’t come up and say they’re sh*t because I’m ranked all the way through, I’ve had OK fights… so from that point of view I’m happy yes but, I just want to be busy. - I want to make more money, I want more exposure and from that point of view I think they’re dropping a ball a little bit, trying to protect me a little bit too much and it’s like Marty Rogan, I don’t see that as a big ‘risk’ fight for me you know? I could have fights like that every month just to keep me busy… It’s probably going to look like April before my next fight and that’s a good 4-5 months since the last one, I could of fought at least twice in that time. So from that point of view I’m frustrated.”
On his new sponsors
Another new addition to Team Browne are his new sponsors, Knockout Clothing who have designed a line of clothing in conjunction with the Australian Heavyweight Champion.
“Knockout Clothing has been great, they’re a new company so I’m helping them with exposure and they’re helping me so as a partnership it’s sensational. And ‘Knockout Clothing’ you can’t go wrong!”
On Wilder V Stiverne
“I think it was good to see Deontay actually box, he wasn’t just going out and throwing windmills and all that sort of sh*t but at the same time I think Stiverne wasn’t even there. You know, they’re claiming dehydration and all that sort of sh*t but I thnk Stiverne needed to be so much more present, and push more and do more about it. I think Wilder was just left to do whatever he wanted so he just jabbed away and did as much as he needed to do, he didn’t push the pace or anything himself so, if he gets someone like myself who is coming in fit and not dehydrated to push the pace, I think he will fold more in the later rounds”
On Fury V Chisora
“Again man, same thing, Fury just needs to be pressured and he doesn’t like it so someone like Chisora should have been pressuring but again, he didn’t so what are you supposed to do!”
On his next fight and a World Title Shot
One thing Lucas Browne hasn’t been quiet about on Social Media has been his desire to fight the top guys in the Heavyweight Division, at 35 years of age, Browne knows his time at the top is limited and understandably wants to make hay while the sun is shining.
There have been public Twitter feuds and rumours of a fight with Deontay Wilder for some time now with the pair obviously sharing their dislike of one another - and talk of a 2-fight deal with Wilder’s advisor, the all-powerful King-maker, Al Haymon is apparently in the works.
“Apparently they’ve been talking to Al Haymon, looking for a two-fight deal with him and my manager says they have been chatting with Wilder’s people but he has a broken hand so nothing is going to happen for a bit”
If those fights in America aren’t to come off though, there are plenty of other options open to ‘Big Daddy’ – a fight with Britain’s Tyson Fury has long been talked about:
“Yeah 100% I think it’s something that could happen, we’re both rightfully around the World Title Shots so why not make it worth it? When one of us has an actual title and then we can fight each other – it’s one of those situations really where it’s about making the most money.”
Other Routes to a World Title
Wilder and Fury are the biggest options in terms of the size of a fight internationally and the attention it will gain, but a quicker route to a World Title has presented itself today, with the WBA ordering current Interim Champion, Ruslan Chagaev to fight Browne. Negotiations will no doubt be under way already and we wait to see if this is to go to a purse bid situation. If Hatton Promotions can secure this fight in Australia it is a fight that is bound to gather a lot of support from the Australian public who would love nothing more than to see one of their own fight for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Another preferable option for Browne would be a UK date but it is likely that Chagaev will want to take home advantage, being the current belt-holder. Wherever it is held (if it is held) Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne may just be the man to bring the Titles home.
For our latest video interviews with Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne, follow the links below:
Lucas Browne on his hopes for a Title Shot in 2015 and his thoughts on Deontay Wilder
Lucas Browne at the Press Conference before fight with Welliver
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