Australian heavyweight and imminent world title challenger Lucas Browne has labelled Anthony Joshua ‘The New Frank Bruno’ following the Londoner’s victory over Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.
Joshua, 26, knocked out Whyte in seven rounds of what was the London 2012 Olympic gold medallists most challenging night to date as ‘AJ’ was wobbled for the first time in his career by a former amateur rival.
The muscle-bound WBC number two is built in the same vein as Bruno, who was consistently stopped at the top level until finally claiming the world title in his defining fight with Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium 20 years ago.
Now that Joshua’s cloak of invincibility has disappeared, ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is convinced he could knock the British and Commonwealth champion out and also believes Whyte could win a rematch if he gets himself in better shape.
“I wasn’t impressed at all, to be honest, and instead of answering questions – I think it just showed major holes in Anthony Joshua’s game,” Browne exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It looks to be another case of Frank Bruno all over again, but at the same time, he is sensational for the sport as he is an elite athlete and a gentleman.
“I believe if Dillian Whyte was fitter, lighter and kept the pace on Joshua without throwing those silly arm punches he could beat him in a rematch.”
Asked his thoughts on a possible fight with Joshua once his WBA shot at Ruslan Chagaev is over on March 5, Browne gave a positive response, along with his take on a rumoured fight between the British prospect and compatriot Dereck Chisora.
“Definitely, I’d love to fight Joshua and would be willing to do it in the UK. I’ve got no doubts that I would shock the world with a big KO in front of all his fans.
“Regarding Joshua fighting Chisora, I think Dereck is done, but it’s still a good name. Chisora has become somewhat of a gate keeper for the division and I’d expect Joshua to win that by knockout if it happens,” predicted Browne.