Exclusive: Michael Sprott breaks down Dillian Whyte v Lucas Browne
The huge grudge heavyweight match up between Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne takes place on the 24th March at the O2 Arena, London and former British champion Michael Sprott has given his breakdown on the fight to WBN.
Dillian Whyte faces arguably his toughest test yet since losing to Anthony Joshua in 2015 as Lucas Browne is a renowned puncher in the division and is a fearsome competitor.
Sprott is excited as anyone for the fight, and when asked his opinion, he exclusively told World Boxing News: “It’s been a good build up, that fight is going to be a very good fight.”
The WBC silver heavyweight title is on the line after Whyte claimed the green strap with a points victory against Robert Helenius. The silver title provides an almost clear title shot at WBC champion Deontay Wilder, but when quizzed on a winner Sprott was unsure.
“I don’t know, they can both punch, they can both bang, Dillian’s more of a skilled fighter than Browne.
“I’d like to see Dillian fight Wilder because he makes a lot of noise and he’s been chatting to Deontay a lot, so it would be interesting to see if he can back up what he’s saying.
“I personally think Whyte vs. Browne is a 50/50 fight, but the only thing I’ll say is that they can both bang and Browne is quite dangerous so if Dillian can stay clear of his bombs, he could win it on points.”
Sprott recalls Browne’s danger on the back of the performance he put on against Ruslan Chagaev in 2016 before pointing out the power factor the Aussie holds.
“Dillian has got more skills than Browne but ‘Big Daddy’ is dangerous, he could be trying for eleven rounds and that one round he could come back and knock you out.
“He’s done it before when he boxed against Chagaev. He did well to survive and win that because Chagaev is tough.
“Saying that, I’ll go with Whyte on points as styles make fights. Whyte showed against Helenius he can win against big men.
“Helenius is so tall and rangy so I know it was a bit of an off performance from Whyte, but it’s tricky when you’ve got someone there and in the end, who’s just there to survive.”
“At the same time, Helenius is dangerous, he can punch but in that fight I think you could tell he was in pain with his hands, usually he takes people out.
“I just think Whyte’s the better boxer and Browne can punch hard, he’s dangerous but if it goes to points, I’ll the British fighter,” added Sprott.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller