Exclusive: Browne lawyer confirms Klitschko contact, says ‘deal unable to be made’

Phil Jay 20/10/2016

Matt Clark

Lucas Browne’s lawyer Leon Margules has exclusively informed WBN a deal between Wladimir Klitschko and Lucas Browne on December 10 has not been forthcoming.

Despite some reports stating a vacant WBA title fight was on the way to being finalised for Hamburg in six weeks’ time, Margules stated those reports were wide of the mark.

What asked how talks are going, Margules said the following to World Boxing News on Thursday: “What talks? – We were contacted by Klitschko’s people but we have not been able to make a deal,” adding: ‘there’s nothing to say at this point.”

This could be good news for those hopeful of a unification between Klitschko and Anthony Joshua taking place in Manchester as the World Boxing Association consider sanctioning the encounter.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is on standby for Joshua’s approval to contest the WBA belt, a decision that could be made public late on Thursday or Friday.

The WBA have been mulling over the future of their straps since Ruslan Chagaev retired and Tyson Fury decided to give up his ‘super’ version, leaving a host of fighters waiting to see if they get a shot.

Browne is joined by David Haye, Alexander Ustinov, Fres Oquendo and now Joshua in the race to be named for an interim or full chance in the near future.