Browne: Cornish and Sexton possible next, Leapai fight gone with Briggs loss
Commonwealth heavyweight champion Lucas Browne is eyeing a place on the Tyson Fury v Dereck Chisora rematch bill on July 26 as the tough Aussie readies himself for a first defence of the title.
‘Big Daddy’ became the first top division fighter from down under to claim the belt in 122 years when he recently stopped Eric Bahoeli in Sheffield and wants a big platform as he steps up his opposition.
One option Browne was looking at was the potential to defend his title against Samoan-born compatriot Alex Leapai, who lost out in his bid to dethrone formidable world title holder Wladimir Klitschko last month.
Leapai has been linked to a fight with pre-fight gatecrasher Shannon Briggs though and Browne has warned the ‘Lionheart’ that a loss to the former WBO champion could spell the end of a lucrative fight in his homeland.
“I am proud to hold this title and hopefully I’ll be able to defend it on the Fury v Chisora card on July 26,” Browne told World Boxing News.
“We have had early discussions and there are a few fighters in the mix apparently, including Gary Cornish and Sam Sexton.”
On the Leapai v Briggs talks, the big-hitting champion added: “I hear that Alex and Briggs want to fight so let them. But If Alex loses to Briggs then there’s no point me fighting him,” said Browne.
Briggs fights for third time in four weeks this weekend when he takes on Matthew Greer over ten rounds, with the Leapai fight in the works for the summer if both sides can agree a deal.
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