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Lucas Browne: Heavyweight monster to bring the pain

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Unbeaten Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne (21-0) faces New Zealander tough guy Chauncy Welliver (55-8-5) Wednesday in Melbourne.

Can the Aussie "Big Daddy" be the first to stop the Kiwi inside the distance?

Browne vs Welliver, slated for twelve rounds, will take place on the undercard of Anthony Mundine v Sergey Rabchenko.

"I can't wait to get in there and put on a great performance," stated the former MMA pro.

"People love heavyweight boxing because of the one-punch factor. I believe I've got the heaviest hands in the sport and the fans seem to enjoy that."

Browne vs Welliver Odds

  • Browne 1/50
  • Welliver 14/1

"Chauncy has a very good record and I'm told he's never been knocked off his feet. He's also been highly ranked before. I've got plenty of respect for him, but nothing is going to get between me and the goals I have set for myself.

"This is another step towards my goal of becoming Australia's first ever heavyweight world champion."

Cut on the chin and near both eyes, Browne surged past then-unbeaten Andriy Rudenko (then 24-0) in August, winning a decision over the Ukrainian prospect.

Highly ranked, a title shot in 2015 may be in the offing for "Big Daddy."

"This fight with Welliver reminds me a bit of when I fought Ray Oliveira before the Kostya Tsyzu fight because it's a massive risk and could cost a world title shot," said Ricky Hatton, Browne's promoter.

"Welliver looks like a big and dangerous guy so Lucas needs to make sure he comes in fully focused and in the best shape possible."

"With Lucas' power I can't see anything other than a knockout win, to be honest. Once this fight is won, myself and my team can start looking at getting him a world title opportunity in the New Year."

Is Lucas Browne ready for the likes of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko?

Or will he fight the winner of Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora which takes place at the end of the month?

"I want both of them this year, Browne said last February. Send me a contract and I'll knock them out in 2014. The fans are behind me. I'm keen to punish both of them."

"They know I'll knock them cold."

Would a fight with Browne, who has a growing fan base, make sense for the winner of Fury vs Chisora? 

Matt Clark, Browne's manager, added early this year, "We're all for it. Lucas wants Chisora and Fury and if we can set a date we're there. It's going to be a big year this year."

But before Lucas can think about Klitschko or the winner of Fury vs Chisora, he must take care of business in the ring on November 12 against Chauncy Welliver.

A massive favorite, has Browne overlooked the seasoned Welliver?

"This is the perfect fight for me to get my career back on track. Lucas Browne is on a roll but I'm going to derail his train," Welliver said.

"I think Lucas Browne is a very good prospect, but he's just that, a prospect. I think my experience will be too much. I was injured my last fight, but I'm fully healthy now and will win this fight.

"I want to get back where I was a few years ago and I know a win here puts me in the mix. I've been training well and getting some quality sparring with Marco Huck and Yoan Pablo Hernandez. I'm going to shatter Lucas Browne's dreams."

Lucas Browne Facts & Stats
  • Age: 35
  • Debut: 2009
  • Height: 6'5"/196cm
  • Nickname: Big Daddy
  • Country: Australia
  • Origin: Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
  • KO%: 86
  • Promoter: Ricky Hatton
  • In April 2013, Browne soundly defeated boxing legend James Toney (then 74-8-3, 45 KOs), cruising to a wide unanimous decision win.
  • Lucas is a former pro mixed martial artist and has a MMA record of 6-2
  • First Australian to win Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title, since Peter Jackson May 30, 1892


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