LUCAS BROWNE has laid down the gauntlet to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, telling the American to name the time and place for a fight.
Browne, who remains the mandatory challenger for Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA crown, began goading Wilder following the Alabama native’s below par performance against Eric Molina earlier this month.
And Wilder has this week responded in a video posted online, saying the matter is now “personal” and that Browne may well be his next fight
“I saw Deontay’s video and wasn’t really impressed,” Lucas said. “Deontay says ‘I don’t believe in myself’. Anyone who knows me, knows that could not be further from the truth. I believe I’m the hardest hitting heavyweight in the world. There’s no doubt in my mind of that.
“He said he hopes I continue to climb the rankings… well I’m already ranked above his last opponent, Eric Molina, who would be lucky to last three rounds with me. He gave Wilder a tough fight.
“I’m happy to fight Deontay Wilder anywhere in the world. Las Vegas, New York, his backyard. Wherever. It’s a fight that would be explosive and that is what fight fans want to see in heavyweight boxing.
“Wilder said I might be his next opponent. Well it would be an honour to challenge for the heavyweight championship of the world. Have his team contact Hatton Promotions and we can give the fans what they want to see… An explosive fight!”
Matt Clark, Browne’s manager, says he would have no problems arranging the fight should Wilder’s representatives get in touch.
“If Wilder’s team can send us a contract we will have it back to them signed, sealed and delivered – immediately!” he revealed.
“You’ve got two brutal sluggers with dynamite in each fist. It’s a fight that the world would love to see. The difference is Lucas Browne has a great chin to match his concussive power.
“If the version of Deontay Wilder that fought Eric Molina shows up against Lucas Browne, he’s getting knocked out and Australia has its first ever world heavyweight champion.
“Big Daddy” Browne fears no man on this planet. Let’s make this fight a reality!”