Browne “In A Good Place” Prior to O2 Return
A year after being knocked out cold by Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne has bounced back with three straight victories and eyes a return to top contender status.
On April 20th, Browne returns to the O2 Arena, site of his scary loss to Whyte, to face popular challenger Dave Allen.
On Tuesday, the fighters met for the first time at the public workouts, and while both men were jovial and in good spirits, the former WBA world heavyweight champion won’t be laughing on fight night.
“This is the first time I’ve met Dave and I really like him,” said Browne. “I’ve never had a bad word to say about him and I still don’t. He’s a cool guy and you can see how popular he is from today’s turnout at the workout, there was hundreds of the people there. It is what it is. We’re both professional fighters and I’m just going to do my job on the night.
“I don’t think he’s ever going to be a World Champion but he’s definitely a great fighter. If you put him up against anyone else in Australia, I think he beats them. He’s got a chin like a brick so it’s going to be a long night for me. I’m not going to bowl him over in one round but I’m prepared for all scenarios. We’re going to knock lumps off each other.
“I think there’s going to be blood, some cuts and some big punches,” Browne said on expecting a bloodbath. “The fans are going to be the real winners. I genuinely believe this has got the potential to be Fight of the Year if everything gels. He looks like he’s started to take things very seriously and you can tell that by the shape he’s in. I think you’ll see the best versions of us next week.”
“My mental state wasn’t right heading into the Dillian Whyte fight,” Browne mentioning his sixth round knockout loss that would see medical personal charge the ring. “Everything that I was doing at home with training and going away from the family and all that sort of stuff wasn’t right, so that did affect everything else as well. My head wasn’t right and I think that had a big impact on everything leading up to the fight.
Now, Browne is working with Jay Gray in Perth, and has been able to condense all of his training into one facility.
“I’m hooked up with Jay Gray my Head Coach. I’m in Perth with my kids and family and that’s a full time thing there,” Browne noted. “Jay does everything in the one gym so not only my boxing, sparring and pad work, but all of the strength and conditioning, fitness and everything all in one spot.
“I think it’s something that I needed to do instead of spending so much time away from my family. I’m in a really good place now and I feel happy. I think that’s going to make a big difference to my career moving forward. This is the start of my journey to another heavyweight World title.”
Quotes via Boxing Scene