WBA orders Chagaev Vs Browne
By TOM WATT on Feb 26 2015
With news today coming out that the WBA have ordered a fight between current Interim World Champion, Ruslan ‘White Tyson’ Chagaev and Australia’s number 1 Heavyweight, Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne. T2TBoxing looks at where this fight could be held.
First of all it is important to note that whilst the fight has been ordered, it hasn’t been made yet and the fighters’ promotional companies/managers will now have 30 days to iron out a deal that sits all parties involved. If terms cannot be agreed upon within the 30 days, the fight will go to a purse bid.
The ideal scenario for Browne would be a fight in his native Australia (who have never had a Heavyweight World Champion) or in the UK as he has a strong and loyal fan-base in both countries and his promotional company, Hatton Promotions are based in the latter. A fight in either the UK or Australia would certainly be a big fight and with talks of a fight with Tyson Fury further down the line, fighting in the UK would be a perfect way to build up for that – Browne has boxed on Frank Warren’s in the past so this is something that one would assume would be easy enough to make.
Other possible venues would be in Germany - where Chagaev is based, Russia – where Chagaev has fought his last 2 fights, or in America. With no vested interest from promoters in either of the fighters Stateside, it seems that America would be unlikely at this stage although there have been talks between Browne’s team and Al Haymon over a two-fight deal so that still remains a possibility. Haymon represents long-time Browne target, Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder and a big win in America would certainly help in building that up as a future unification bout. Fighting on Haymon’s new terrestrial TV deal could be a huge leap forward for Browne in America and would give him the platform to build his brand in the most lucrative Boxing market in the World – something his compatriot, Sakio Bika hopes to do in April against Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson.
Chagaev’s team will no doubt push for home advantage and for the fight to be held in Russia or Germany which they have every right to do so. If the fight is made in either of those countries, expect to be reading a lot about ‘home advantage’ and some of the less than convincing decisions we have seen of late, particularly in Germany. Controversial decisions are nothing new in Boxing and the old saying of “you have to truly beat a champion to take the belt” has become very applicable in recent years. Only last weekend we saw Paul Smith in a rematch against long-term Super-Middleweight Champion, Arthur Abraham following a very controversial score-card in 2014 where one judge scored the fight 119-109 in the Champion’s favour where, in reality it had been a much closer fight. This is the Heavyweight Division however and the judges may not even come into deciding the outcome of this one, Browne hails an incredible KO record of 19 Kos in 22 fights and all it could take is one good shot from that dangerous right hand of his and the whole World will be hearing those famous words “And The New”.
Wherever the fight happens, ‘Big Daddy’ Browne will be able to count on the support of the Australian public and media who have already shown in the past their desire to see their first Heavyweight World Champion - when Alex Leapai when he took on the Heavyweight Kingpin and seemingly unstoppable, Wladimir Klitschko (who holds the ‘Super’ version of the WBA Belt) in April last year he had the whole country behind him and the well-liked and well-spoken Browne would be no different.
A win would catapult him into the upper echelons of the Boxing World and give Australian boxing an even bigger platform on the World stage. For now though, Lucas Browne has to make sure that he is fully focused on the task and bringing the WBA World Title back to Australia.
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