British heavyweight Dillian Whyte has warned Aussie brute Lucas Browne he won’t be intimidated as the pair begin preparations for a high-profile clash in London.
Whyte and Browne will contest the WBC Silver heavyweight title on March 24 at The O2 Arena knowing victory puts them firmly in the frame to battle Deontay Wilder in the summer.
A shock win when rolling the dice could then secure a massive payday opposite Anthony Joshua, which like Fruit Sensation slot online can have financial benefits if they hit the jackpot against Wilder and take his unbeaten record.
“I’m highly ranked in all the governing bodies and I think I could become mandatory in two of them, so this is a fight with a top contender against an undefeated former World champion – so you have to say that win this, I deserve a World title shot,” said Whyte.
“He’s a solid fighter and he’s got KO power. Any big guy can chin anyone at any time, but he’s just got power. A lot of people are in boxing because they are big men – not because they have skill or heart – they’re just physically big and over-powering smaller fighters.
“The guy is a bully and calls himself ‘an enforcer’ so you have to deal with that in a head-on way. Robert Helenius wasn’t like that, he was cool, so I was cool, but Lucas has stepped to me in a demeaning way that I don’t like, I take that personally and I’m not going to let it slide. He’s giving it the big one because he’s got insecurities. This is my city, he’s in my backyard, and I’m not going to let him take liberties with me.
“You can’t intimidate me. I’ve been right at the bottom and I’ve risen up, so nothing fazes me and I’m not scared of anything, especially not Lucas Browne. I’m more scared of my Mum than him.”
On facing Joshua against following his stoppage defeat, or indeed Wilder, Whyte added: “Of course, I want the rematch with Anthony Joshua, but the fight with Deontay Wilder would make the AJ fight even bigger if I had the WBC belt.
“I’m always going to want the Joshua fight because we have history and we keep winning then the fight is inevitable, but there’s more to this sport for just fighting for pride, it’s business, and the fights have to fit my strategy.
“If you win a World title, you go down in history as a Heavyweight World Champion, it’s the biggest accolade in sport and that can never be taken from you,” he said.
Browne is also guarding a perfect record, meaning Whyte would have to overcome three fighters without a blemish between them in his bid to dominate the world scene against the odds.