Lucas Browne Talks Canelo & Fury Ahead Of Biggest Fight
Lucas Browne knows he’s being overlooked. It is something that the Australian heavyweight has grown accustomed to over the past few years.
Issues for Browne began in 2016, when the Aussie would win the WBA world heavyweight title in a TKO victory over Russian fighter, Ruslan Chagaev.
The victory, which did not get much play in his native land, was a chance for Browne to earn opportunities against other top fighters. However, that would not come to pass, as soon after the fight, Browne would test positive for Clenbuterol, the same drug that was found in Canelo Alvarez’ system recently.
Speaking with FIGHT SPORTS, Browne feels that he was unjustly vilified for his failed test, because in a test three days before the fight, he was “completely clear.”
“Canelo is getting done with the Clenbuterol when he would be cutting weight (for a fight),” said Browne, who also feels that Alvarez is getting protected from the same issues he ran into following his failed tests, claiming that he’s left out in the cold because “boxing is ruled by people with power and money.”
“I had to go through the whole process with courts and lawyers, and all that sort of money spent while Canelo has the backing already (from Golden Boy).”
Another issue for Browne is the lack of notoriety he receives in his native Australia in comparison to Jeff Horn, who has reached superstar status in the country.
While Browne thinks he’s a “great kid” and a good fighter, Browne believes that the only reason Horn is at the top of the heap is because of his July 2017 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
“The Australian audience got behind Horn because he was fighting Pacquiao… With my world title fight, it was against Chagaev, who most people didn’t know.”
Browne did take time to claim the boxing fans in the United Kingdom are more passionate followers of the sport, and follow it more closely, but believes a win against Whyte would get him noticed in Australia, and propel him into a heavyweight picture with Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Joseph Parker.
Another heavyweight fighter linked to Lucas Browne was Tyson Fury, who Ricky Hatton dialed up to help the Australian spar for his March 24th challenge.
When asked of his relationship with the former heavyweight champion, Browne told FIGHT SPORTS that it was merely a professional relationship, and that he spoke briefly with Fury, but “didn’t want to go into the gritty of it with him.” Browne claimed that he asked if he was doing okay, Fury confirmed it, and that was all.
Yet, when the two faced off in the ring, Browne said that Fury was very much “him being the clown,” and being playful in his time in the ring. Browne claimed that Fury was testing him mentally during their one of scheduled three sparring sessions, and that Fury may have had enough, as he would not show up for the final two sessions.
Even though he’s felt overlooked, ostracized, and cast aside, Lucas Browne remains in good spirits, and focused. The man who “loves violence” seems to feel no pressure walking into the O2 arena, as he has everything to gain, and Dillian Whyte with everything to lose.