EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Browne confirms James Toney fight is on

Lucas Browne

Mark Robinson

Hard-hitting Lucas Browne has told WBN that he will take on former world champion James Toney in Melbourne on April 26 as the heavyweight looks to continue his unbeaten record.

The 33-year-old Australian, who has hammered thirteen of fourteen wins inside schedule, is lining up the aging multi-weight king as a name opponent to elevate his already rising reputation worldwide.

Browne explained how the fight came about as rumors had surfaced that ‘Big Daddy’ would face Aussie-based Nigerian Franklin Egobi over eight rounds on the date in question.

“The Toney fight seems to have come about by chance,” Browne exclusively told World Boxing News.

“A promoter from Melbourne was talking to someone who was sitting next to Toney’s manager. The discussion took place, with the question asked of my manager.

“Then to me and the rest is history.

“The fight is set to be on the Brian Amatruda card at The Pavilion in Melbourne. This place is the venue a lot of our regular boxing on Fox Sports takes place.

“It will be for a WBF (not) world title. Possibly a regional IBF title too. It is the step-up I’ve been waiting for. ”

American Toney, 44, hasn’t fought for almost a year since stopping a below-standard Bobby Gunn in five rounds at the Landers Center in Mississippi and has a chequered record of losses and inactivity since his bygone hey day.

‘Lights Out’ failed in his bid to claim the interim WBA crusierweight title in his last meaningful bout in November 2011 and has fluctuated between weight-classes since a victory over Damon Reed that same year.