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Exclusive: Lucas Browne still waits for news, nothing forthcoming on WBA decision or opponent

Phil Jay 30/10/2016

Team Browne

Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne remains in limbo with no opponent or decision on when his next fight may take place.

Browne, 37, has been promised a WBA title shot next due to successful litigation against the organisation and is now awaiting news on who that title clash may come against.

Fres Oquendo’s manager Tom Tsatas recently informed WBN his fighter could be ready by early next year to face Browne having already won a similar case himself to be given a second chance at the black and gold strap.

Right now, and unless Oquendo suffers another injury or is unable to take his place opposite Browne, that fight looks likely to be for the vacant WBA belt at some point in the first quarter of 2017.

Reports of the likes of David Haye, Alexander Ustinov or Shannon Briggs replacing Oquendo have no foundation at the moment, at least until the WBA make a ruling on the current situation between Browne and Wladimir Klitsckho.

As the latter wants his next fight to be for the ‘super’ title, a big decision needs to be made as that version of the belt was supposed to be scraped when Tyson Fury gave up the championship.

Keeping Klitschko, Browne and Oquendo happy is a delicate situation and has resulted in a lengthy wait for all concerned.

As it stands, Browne’s promoter Ricky Hatton is in the dark until the WBA made their intentions clear, whilst lawyer Leon Margules told WBN on Sunday that no negotiations with anybody had taken place.

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