Lucas Browne has predicted a “bloody” encounter when he faces Dillian Whyte at London’s O2 Arena next month. The undefeated Australian has only fought once since claiming the WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight world title against Ruslan Chugaev in 2016 due to drugs ban suspensions, but is hopeful of reclaiming a place at the top table of the blue ribbon division with a knockout victory over the ‘Body Snatcher’ on March 24, live on Sky Sports.
“I like being the underdog and coming over to England,” Browne told boxingscene.com.
“It is time for me to get back on to the bigger stages and to headlining a show. Nothing is really expected of me. “It will be a great fight. As long as it is a competitive, back and forwards fight, there won’t be a loser thereafter as we will both put on a performance and the crowd will see what they came to see and they will be the winners.
“I like knockouts and stoppages because I don’t want three judges deciding what happens in my career or my life. If I knock him out then I’ve won and I hope it is a good, bloody fight.”
Whyte is currently ranked the No1 contender to Deontay Wilder’s WBC title after outpointing Robert Helenius in Cardiff last October. However, an immediate shot at the Alabama fighter’s strap has not manifested yet, with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ opting to fight Luis Ortiz on March 3, live on Sky Sports.
The 29-year-old will instead defend his WBC ‘silver’ belt in his home city against Browne, who is unfazed at the prospect of fighting in the UK, having fought on these shores five times in his 25 fight career.
“I love coming to the UK, I get a lot of love from the fans. I just focus on what I have to do, as it is what I do for a living,” he said. “They just love the heavyweights and watching them punch on, that is the appeal the heavyweights have and people want that.”
By Neel Khagram @behindthefight