The Commonwealth Boxing Council’s Honorary Secretary Simon Block has informed WBN that heavyweight champion Lucas Browne has a list of contenders to choose from for the next defence of his title.
Browne, 35, told WBN last week that he is looking to step up his opposition considerably as the big-punching Aussie gears up for his return to action on August 1st in Wolverhampton, UK.
With the likeliness that his next clash with be a voluntary defence, possibly against a British opponent, ‘Big Daddy’ then has a stipulated set of challengers that the CBC would expect Browne to oppose by the end of the year.
“The CBC wants Lucas to make a defence against a listed contender by 31st December,” Block explained to World Boxing News.
“However, looking at the list maybe [Solomon] Haumono or even [Alex] Leapai after a break may be possible.
“What the CBC will want without a doubt is a defence by the end of the year against an acceptable challenger – even if it has to be a voluntary.”
Haumonon and Leapai being based down under could make those fights easy to make, but there is also the likes of Sam Sexton, Bowie Tupou and Lateef Katyode that would make viable options for Browne.
Ex-champion David Price could probably be ruled out as the Liverpudlian may see it as a backwards step, and obviously world champion Bermane Stiverne will be removed after winning the WBC title this year.
Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury appear on the CBC’s contenders, but with a massive rematch set to land either a world title chance, those contests would be unlikely to happen for Browne at this point in his career.
An all-Aussie showdown would be the favourite at this point if Browne does plan on keeping hold of the belt going into 2015 – as the unbeaten bruiser heads towards a potential world title challenge by the end of next year.
HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: LUCAS BROWNE Australia – Won Title 26th April 2014
Derek Chisora – England
Tyson Fury – England
Solomon Haumono – New Zealand
Lateef Kayode – Nigeria
Alex Leapai – Samoa/Australia
David Price – England
Sam Sexton – England
Bermane Stiverne – Canada
Carlos Takam – Cameroon
Bowie Tupou – Tonga/Australia
BROWNE to defend against any of the above by 31st December 2014.
List supplied by the Commonwealth Boxing Council