Big Daddy Issues

By Robert Ecksel on March 1, 2016
Big Daddy Issues
Lucas Browne may have bitten off more than he can chew in Chechnya. (Damian Brierty)

Because Wilder is “a real smart ass and isn’t all that talented either,” Browne relishes knocking his “head off…”

On Saturday, March 5, at Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny, Chechnya, WBA World heavyweight champion Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs), from Hamburg, Germany, by way of Andijan, Uzbekistan, defends his title against WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs), from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

There are issues concerning this fight, an outgrowth of issues concerning multiple sanctioning bodies having multiple titleholders in the same division. The WBA is making an effort to correct the former. The latter isn’t likely to change in our lifetimes.

Thirty-six-year-old Browne is a seven-year pro who won the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title in August 2014 by beating Andriy Rudenko via unanimous decision. Hard-hitting “Big Daddy” most recently fought last August, knocking out Julius Long in the ninth.

Thirty-seven-year-old Chagaev turned pro in 1997, winning the then-vacant WBA World heavyweight title by beating Fres Oquendo via majority decision in July 2014. A southpaw, he most recently fought this past July, knocking out Francesco Pianeta in the first.

Considering his late start and his quality of opposition, Browne may have bitten off more than he can chew in Chechnya. But he believes he’s ready to conquer Chagaev ... before he proceeds to conquer the world.

In a recent interview with Anthony Wheeler, Browne, who confessed to enjoy being “treated like a movie star” in Grozny, predicted that Chagaev “will come forward like he always does and I hope to use my reach and strength to keep him off.” Anticipating “a good war,” the Aussie is “prepared to go 12 rounds.”

Should all go well against Chagaev, Browne would love to tangle with Tyson Fury, who he describes as “a great boxer and a real entertaining person.” But the titleholder he really wants to get a crack at is Deontay Wilder. “Big Daddy” wouldn’t mind wearing the WBC belt, but because Wilder is “a real smart ass and isn’t all that talented either,” Browne relishes the idea of knocking his “head off his shoulders.”

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  1. Eric 07:51am, 03/02/2016

    The ONLY heavyweight champion of the world is Tyson Fury.

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