By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Browne
IBF #9, WBC #9, WBA #13 heavyweight, Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (20-0, 18 KOs), who captured the Commonwealth title in 2014 by stopping Canada’s, Eric Martell Bahoeli and in 2013 dominated former world heavyweight champion James Toney and is now totally focused on a world heavyweight showdown against WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fightnews talks with Browne and his manager Matt Clark about their thoughts on a world title opportunity against Klitschko.
“I’m now ranked 9th in the world by the IBF. Not bad for an Aussie boy with no skill and who’s too slow,” said Browne with a laugh. “I’m climbing my way to the top and I’m thankful for all the support I’ve had along the way.
“The current champion is, of course, Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko is a great champion and I have a lot of respect for him. But I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I could win the heavyweight title. He recently beat the second best Aussie heavyweight. After a couple more fights I’d love to challenge for the world title! It’s been a dream of mine for a long time.”
Browne’s Australian manager, Matt Clark, who has guided the 35-year-old Australian heavyweight into the world ratings added, “Lucas has been on a big roll recently. He’s made Australian boxing history by becoming Australia’s first Commonwealth heavyweight champion in 122 years. Fans love him because he’s so down to earth and he knocks people out. Hatton Promotions are working on Lucas’s next fight as we speak, and I’m hoping Big Daddy adds to his impressive KO percentage and continues to climbs the ratings. The IBF has always provided excellent opportunities for Australian boxers in the past. I hope the fans continue to enjoy Lucas Browne. I’m sure they will.”