By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Hatton Promotions
WBC #7, IBF #7, WBA #13 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne talks to Fightnews to say he is confident of defeating IBF, WBO, WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC champion Bermane Stiverne, as well as newly crowned WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev and would welcome title opportunity. He also says his win over James Toney was turning point in his career and that he has improved under new trainer Jeff Fenech. Lucas says his promoter Ricky Hatton has given him world wide exposure which has been great.
You will clash with Andriy Rudenko on August 1st in England. Rudenko is unbeaten in 24 fights. Have you seen tapes of him in action? Are you confident of victory?
I’ve watched him on YouTube yes. He’s strong and looks good and I know I’ll have my work cut out for me. I’ve trained hard and am always confident in my abilities.
You have defeated several heavyweights who have been world rated or held world titles during their careers. Who do you regard as your best ring victory?
I still think the James Toney fight was a real turning point for me. It showed I could mix it with decent opponents and that I could handle the pressure and do 12 rounds.
You are rated WBC #7, IBF #7, WBA #13. Ruslan Chagaev recently won the WBA title. Would you be confident of victory if you get the opportunity to challenge for the WBA title? Have you seen him fight? Your thoughts?
To be honest I haven’t seen him fight but it is definitely something that I’m interested in. I’ve got a limited time to do all I can.
You have issued a challenge recently to WBC champion Bermane Stiverne. Would you be confident of victory?
I will never go into a fight not feeling confident in my victory. I have the power to KO anyone.
Wladimir Klitschko is rated the best heavyweight champion. He recently defeated Australian-based Samoan, Alex Leapai. What are your thoughts on that fight? Would you be confident of defeating Klitschko?
Klitschko is the man, he has proven it time and time again. Alex did not have the tools to defeat Wlad, and I think I do with my KO power. I would be a massive underdog and am not suggesting it wouldn’t be the hardest fight of my life, but if I land I could change the fight.
Alex Leapai is interested in challenging you. Are you interested in that challenge?
I would like to sort out who the best heavyweight in Australia is not just on paper but in the ring so yes I would.
You are now trained by former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech. Are you learning new skills from Jeff?
Jeff knows a lot obviously, he’s making little adjustments to my game and basically tweaking what I have, I’m excited about the new partnership.
Ricky Hatton now promotes you. How many fights under the Hatton promotional banner? Has he helped your career?
I’ve fought under Hatton for two years now and the exposure has been great.