In Whyte vs. Browne, Both Fighters Are Looking For Respect
For Dillian Whyte, March 24th at the O2 Arena is a stepping stone to a world title opportunity, as he faces Australian challenger Lucas Browne.
As the focus of heavyweight boxing is directly towards the Joshua/Parker battle next Saturday, Whyte’s attempt to retain his WBC silver heavyweight title is keeping himself looking towards the future.
While he considers Browne a formidable opponent, the Jamaican born fighter’s sights are set on the current WBC world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. Wilder, who has allegedly turned down offers from Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight later this year, has been calling for the winner of Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker’s title unification fight taking place a week after Whyte faces Browne.
Whyte told FIGHT SPORTS that its an “honor” to be the WBC’s number one ranked heavyweight, and when he beats Browne on the 24th…
“I want Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua next.”
And in regards to Joshua, who he faced in a losing effort in 2015, Whyte told FIGHT SPORTS that he is looking at a rematch against the popular British boxer following his fight against Australian Lucas Browne.
Whyte would be looking to avenge a TKO loss to Joshua in December 2015, when both were still heavyweight contenders.
Yet, it’s Deontay Wilder and not Anthony Joshua who most people are matching with Whyte. If the Jamaican born heavyweight walks out of the O2 Arena with a win on March 24th, he would remain the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight championship.
When asked if he minds being looked past, Whyte’s opponent Lucas Browne told FIGHT SPORTS that he doesn’t mind.
“It takes a lot of pressure off me,” said the Australian heavyweight who has spent the past two weeks training in Manchester with Ricky Hatton.
“It’s (Whyte’s) fight night, he’s in the main event.. He’s Eddie (Hearn)’s boy, all the pressure’s on him”
Browne is looking to push that pressure onto Whyte and play upon the “Body Snatcher’s” emotions as the fight goes on.
“I think he’s very emotional, he plays on his emotions too much,” said Browne, who looks to position himself as a top heavyweight contender with a win in London.
Browne continued to point out Whyte’s flaws claiming that, “It gets him a little to erratic and messy. I hope it goes into the later rounds where his fitness will be tested and so will his mind.”
With Whyte only going to the scorecards twice in his career, and Browne seeing the judges rule on his fights four times in 25 fights, it will be interesting to see if Whyte will go for the kill early in a fight setup to showcase him on an international stage, or will Browne be able to keep Whyte guessing long enough for the judges to make a decision.