Heavyweight juggernaut Lucas Browne inched further towards a world title shot with a 21st career victory on Friday night against Andriy Rudenko and is now in line for some of bigger names in the division.
Browne scored a unanimous decision win at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall in Birmingham to inflict a maiden loss on Ukrainian Rudenko’s record and push himself closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming world champion.
The likes of WBA belt holder Ruslan Chagaev and former world title challengers Alex Leapai and Shannon Briggs are clearly in sight for ‘Big Daddy’ as the Aussie bruiser continues to notch up victories on his rise up the rankings.
One of those mentioned above seems to be a fan favourite at the moment as videos of ex-WBO title holder Briggs engaging in a charade with unified king Wladimir Klitschko do the rounds on the internet. Briggs, 42, has been actively chasing a revenge mission against the younger Klitschko following his damaging defeat to brother Vitali in 2010, although Browne says ‘The Cannon’ needs to set his sights a little lower.
“I think it’s obvious that Briggs is trying as hard as he can for a pay day against Klitschko and nothing more,” Browne told World Boxing News, before admitting a clash with Briggs would interest him if it helps his quest for a title shot of his own.
“I would fight Briggs, but there would have to be a title involved or the right money would have to be put up as I am ranked higher than him and I am currently looking at opponents further up the ladder.”
The 35 year-old has stopped 18 of his foes so far and is gaining a reputation for his bruising style, which pitted against Briggs could make for an exciting collision if a deal could be struck.
Having fought three of his last four contests in the UK, a return to Australian could be next, or even a maiden trip to the US, as Browne aims to build on his recent Commonwealth and fringe WBC and WBA title victories.
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