Browne Looks For Title and Redemption
Lucas Browne is not only looking for a huge victory on March 24th against Dillian Whyte, but also looking to improve his image after two failed drug tests which cost him a world championship.
Browne was the first Australian to win a world heavyweight title, when he defeated Ruslan Chagaev to become the WBA “regular” champion in March 2016.
Yet, soon after his victory, the Australian boxer would have the title stripped from him due to testing positive for clenbuterol.
Later in 2016, Browne was set to face Shannon Briggs or the same title, but would test positive for ostarine, which would cancel the fight.
“Three days before the fight [with Chagaev] I was tested and was completely clean,” Browne told Sky Sports Toe 2 Toe podcast.
“Clenbuterol was in my post-fight test. It’s for stripping weight. At that point, it does nothing for me. I did a lie-detector test to prove my innocence.”
When asked about the issue that caused the cancellation of the Briggs fight, Browne blamed a pre-workout he was taking.
“[As far as the second failed test], I went to the local supplement shop. There was something [in a pre-workout supplement] that was on the banned list.”
The biggest effect according to Browne, is the toll it has taken on his standing among fellow Australians. He believes that due to these issues are why he is not embraced on the same level of a Jeff Horn.
“Jeff Horn, for example after he beat Manny Pacquiao, was given the key to his city and a parade. I had four reporters wait for me at the airport, and that’s it. That was disappointing. It was because of who Horn fought – if I had fought Wladimir Klitschko, for example, it would have been different. Once the drugs thing came up, there were 10 people waiting to talk.”
Listen To Browne On Toe 2 Toe: Sky Sports
Story From: Boxing Scene