Exclusive: Lucas Browne focused on Dillian Whyte KO, talks Ricky Hatton and facing Deontay Wilder

Joe Hewlett 18/01/2018

Eddie Hearn has been a busy man during the past week.

Not only has he introduced Amir Khan as his newest addition to the Matchroom stable, the Essex promoter also announced a heavyweight unification clash between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. And to put the cherry on the cake, you can also expect Dillian Whyte to go toe-to-toe with bitter rival Lucas Browne at the 02 Arena.

Browne, otherwise known as ‘Big Daddy, touched down in London recently before admitting he’s excited to lace the gloves back up after a frustrating few years.

“Regardless of the obvious beef that me and Dillian seem to be having, it’s just good to get back in the ring to be honest. I’ve had three fights in the past three years and a lot of controversary and stuff has happened along the way so I’m just happy to be back. I want to prove that I’m at the top level and put on a performance,” Browne exclusively told World Boxing News.

The pair will settle their bad blood on March 24 in London with the WBC Silver title and number one ranking on the line.

When quizzed on what advantages he holds over the ‘Body Snatcher,’ the Aussie replied: “I’ve got more heart, regardless of when you look at boxing skill. I believe I have more power as well, but I believe I definitely have more heart.

“There’s just something I like about boxing and the fact that you do get challenged in a one-on-one situation and can challenge yourself. You really find out about yourself and who you really are, that’s what I’ve got in spades.

“I want a stoppage, a knockout or for him not to come out for a round. I don’t think a decision will be too favourable in my way, but I like knockouts anyways and I think the crowd want to see it. I like to have them on my record and it’s what I like to do.

“I want Deontay Wilder next, 100%. I just want good, quality fights and to cement my legacy and make some money whilst doing it. Whether there’s a title or not, as long as it’s a competitive fight and there’s money in it, that’s all I’m after.”

Australia’s first ever world champion also sang the praises to promoter and trainer Ricky Hatton ahead of his sixth fight in the UK.

“He’s a character,” he laughed.

“When I do come over, I feel the love and if myself and Ricky walk around you can see how much he is loved in his country which is absolutely sensational.

“At the same time, I’m over in Australia so it is difficult with the time factors, but we’re at the top level and we have won the WBA title and we’re back on the right sort of track.”

The chirpy heavyweight, who has an undefeated record of 25-0-0, added: “It’s lovely to be back here in the freezing cold. I love the UK.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95