Oquendo apprehensive of Australia trip, promoter eyes Browne in USA

Mark Robinson / Digital Sports

The forthcoming mandatory WBA heavyweight title clash between Lucas Browne and number one challenger Fres Oquendo won’t happen in the champion’s backyard – should promoter Bobby Hitz get his way.

Hitz, who co-handles Oquendo, is looking to begin the arduous task of either persuading Browne to come to the United States or put together a purse bid package that can give his fighter the best chance possible.

US-based Puerto Rican Oquendo is pencilled in to challenge Browne this summer following on from a split decision loss in Russia to former title holder Ruslan Chagaev and Hitz has revealed the veteran is weary of travelling abroad again.

“I can tell you that Fres Oquendo is very apprehensive about going down under to fight Lucas Browne in Australia,” Hitz exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Fres has been screwed so many times in the past and is keen to avoid this happening against Browne.

“It’s our hope to bring the fight to the USA and we will be looking to make this a reality,” he added.

Browne has made it public knowledge that he would like to defend his belt at home on the back of his eye-catching stoppage win over Chagaev earlier this month, whilst it could well prove more lucrative to bow to Oquendo’s wishes.

With his ties to Ricky Hatton, Browne could also consider the UK as a possibility – although the lack of an active TV deal on British shores may put a block on that option.