Exclusive: Browne discusses missing out on Parker fight, breaks down Joshua unification chances

Joe Hewlett 19/01/2018

The heavyweight division is already brewing up nicely with three huge bouts scheduled to happen during the first half of 2018.

Tony Bellew and David Haye will settle their rematch in May, whilst Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne tussle in London commencing March 24.

Eddie Hearn has since announced Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will brawl in a unification bout at the Principality Stadium.

When speaking to WBN on the back of hitting London for the press conference with Whyte, Browne suggested it could have been so different.

“The fight between myself and Parker was close to happening. But there was a lot in the backstory and for obvious reasons, he’s gone for the bigger fight for the bigger money,” Browne exclusively explained to World Boxing News. 

“I understand that but at one point it was happening and then it wasn’t happening and then it was – so there was a lot of backwards and forwards.”


And the undefeated Aussie is backing Joshua to do the business.

“I think it’ll be very competitive. I believe that Joshua will have the upper hand – a 70-30 split to AJ in my opinion,” said Browne.

“But again, it’s the heavyweight division and one punch can change anything so let’s set how he reacts if he gets tested on the chin.” 

Browne and Whyte collide at The O2 Arena with the winner gaining pole position to challenge WBC champion Deontay Wilder later in 2018.

“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,” he added.

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