Lucas Browne steps up to the plate: I’d love to fight David Haye!

Undefeated Browne, 36, is treading water until his expected shot at Chagaev’s WBA heavyweight title unfolds in the coming weeks and is currently recovering from a broken thumb suffered in his latest victory.

‘Big Daddy’ stopped Julius Long in nine rounds a month ago to keep busy before his mandatory world title chance and only recently got back in the gym after suffering the ailment early in the fight.

Upcoming opponent Chagaev has a rematch defense against Fres Oquendo to deal with on October 17 before Browne is stipulated to be given his chance within 90 days.

Browne should conceivably be sharing the ring with the winner of Chagaev v Oquendo by the end of January, and if successful in becoming one of the top players in the division, could give Haye an opportunity provided the Briton earns a sufficient ranking.

“I think if David Haye does make a comeback it would be good for boxing,” Browne exclusively told World Boxing News.

“If he gets in the ring like he says he will then I’d love to fight him. I’m not sure if he is the same boxer as when he won a world championship, but it would be interesting to find out for sure and see if he can still compete at the top level.

“Obviously the fight can’t happen right now as Ricky Hatton (promoter) won’t chance it with my world title shot, but hopefully I’ve got another warm up fight in November after I get over my broken thumb and then I’ll fight for the world title.”

Haye, who turns 35 next month, is adamant that he can compete with the best despite having been out of action for over three years and says an official announcement on his next move will be made soon.