Lucas Browne can finally begin planning for a world title shot following the WBA’s decision to order a fight against Shannon Briggs by the end of this year.
The 37 year-old Aussie, who was robbed of his defining win against Ruslan Chagaev over the summer by a drug test ban that was unproven, gets the chance to wipe out any bad memories against the big punching American.
Manager Matt Clark is expecting fireworks when the pair collide – possibly by the end of the year, and says Browne had no problem stepping up where divisional rival David Haye feared to tread.
“This fight will be an absolute barn burner. It’ll be bombs away and an entertaining heavyweight fight that could end at any second,” Clark exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’m very confident Lucas will reclaim what is rightfully his, the WBA heavyweight title. The support we’ve had in fighting to clear his name has been brilliant and I’m sure plenty of fans will want to see him knock out Briggs.”
On the fact that Haye promised Briggs a fight and then backed out, Clark added: “I suppose we are fighting the guy that David Haye had the opportunity to but has avoided all year.
“Probably because he knows it’s a dangerous fight and certainly more dangerous than Haye’s last two efforts,” he stated.
Talks are expected to get underway as soon as possible between Leon Margules, Ricky Hatton and Team Briggs, with something concrete possible by the end of this month in order to meet the WBA’s December 31 deadline.