Lucas Browne is being considered as the next opponent for Joseph Parker provided the former world champion comes through a WBO-ranked warm-up.
Parker’s team are ready to give the Australian veteran a shot at the WBO belt in what would be a massive Aussie v New Zealand clash down under.
‘Big Daddy’ only recently returned from a long spell out of the ring fighting two failed drugs tests and says the opportunity has come at the right time.
“I have had a lot of time digesting lots of abuse for the last two years. I look like a two-time drugs cheat. But I’ve turned it all around, I’ve used the hate as a fuel to fight again,” he said, though frustrations remain, mainly over lost opportunities,” Browne told stuff.co.nz
“I thought once I won the WBA title, that was a step in the right direction for me and bigger fights would come after that. So I’m sort of back to square one in regards to the money and everything else. I’ve done what I needed to do, but now is the time to make money.”
On the actual failed tests, he added: “I was stitched up for the first one but the second one was my fault. I can’t fault anyone else … I went into a shop and bought a pre-workout without checking it. I’ll never do that again, we check everything now.”
A date in the spring is now being talked about, with the winner of Parker v Browne then being in prime position to fight whoever comes out on top between Tony Bellew and David Haye in the summer.
“I would like to have a nice warmup fight in December or January and then fight Parker in March,” stated Browne.
More is set to be revealed at a press conference to announce Parker’s next move later today.