‘Big Daddy’ recently made a comeback following a failed World Boxing Council Clean Boxing Program drug test, knocking out Matthew Greer in two rounds last month after fifteen months out.
Browne, who is now 25-0, had previously been stripped of his WBA title for a positive post-fight sample on the back of defeating Ruslan Chagaev, but was exonerated of any wrongdoing by the World Boxing Association.
The second test has been explained by a substance being found in a supplement Browne was taking, meaning fans of the big hitter are keen to see his career progress.
Being the main man behind Browne’s career has seen Hatton the target of some frustration and abuse, especially on Twitter in recent months, with some even calling for the ex-world champion to take a step back from the Aussie.
As the 38 year-old is a keen user of the social platform, those who follow him are quite aware of Browne’s willingness to fight any of the major names out there, which has amplified bitterness towards the lack of movement.
Hatton has now moved to point out that Browne is still under some restrictions which are hampering any attempts to nail down a big fight.
People fill my timeline about Lucas browne he is still banned by the major sanction bodies and I can’t do anything about that
— Ricky Hatton MBE (@HitmanHatton) July 21, 2017
“People fill my timeline about Lucas Browne (but) he is still banned by the major sanction bodies and I can’t do anything about that,” said ‘The Hitman’, clearly annoyed himself by how things have panned out.
A plethora of match-ups seem just out of reach for the eager Browne in 2017, as public spats with Dillain Whyte, Dave Allen and many others continue to produce no end result.
There’s also a massive Australia v New Zealand world title clash with Joseph Parker which would be huge down under, although judging by Hatton’s latest update, Browne’s immediate future remains uncertain.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay