Exclusive: Tony Bellew upset by Lucas Browne’s second drug failure
WBC cruiserweight champion and staunch advocate of a drug-free sport, Tony Bellew was disappointed to learn of a second failed test for heavyweight Lucas Browne.
Bellew has spoken out in favour of life bans for anyone found taking performance enhancers in boxing, and after giving Browne the benefit of the doubt first time around, ‘The Bomber’ had some choice words for the Aussie following a second offence.
‘Big Daddy’ had volunteered to be part of the World Boxing Council’s VADA enforced Clean Boxing Program himself over the summer but is now facing up to the possibility his career may be over after traces of ostarine were found.
“I’ve heard about the Lucas Browne test and he’s a joke, an absolute joke,” Bellew exclusively told World Boxing News on Tuesday.
“I thought, okay the first one with the clenbuterol not being in his system the day before the fight, but I can’t have this. In my view, he’s an idiot. It’s just stupid.”
On whether he believes a fight with UK rival David Haye at heavyweight could now become more difficult to make, Bellew was quick to point out that Luis Ortiz would be considered first as the Cuban is currently above the Londoner in the pecking order.
“Luis Ortiz is ranked higher than Haye so basically they’ll have to go through him I believe,” said the 33 year-old.
“If David Haye wants a big fight though, I’m a bigger fight than any of those for him and does anybody really care about these ‘regular’ titles anymore?
“For me, the Briggs fight is not even for the world title,” added Bellew.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has since launched an investigation into Browne failing the Clean Boxing Program.