Lucas Browne knows a victory over Dillian Whyte in two weeks’ time will place him in the frame for another tilt at world glory.
However, if we look back a couple of years, a potential showdown with Tyson Fury seemed almost certain for the Aussie.
Fury stunned the world, outboxing Wladimir Klitschko in his backyard, whilst Browne had stopped Ruslan Chagaev within ten-rounds to become Australia’s first ever world champion.
After a turbulent couple of years for both, the two heavy-handed hitters were instead sparring at Ricky Hatton’s Gym in Manchester.
The road to redemption is also on Fury’s mind as the former unified champion looks set to lace up the gloves during the upcoming months.
When being quizzed on the ‘Gypsy King’, Browne exclusively told World Boxing News: “It was very good to spar with him, he’s awkward, but it was a lot of fun and a great experience.
“He’s probably not as trim as he’d want to be but he looks in great shape and is much better than he has been in previous months. We did a fast seven rounds and he was still good after it.”
‘Big Daddy’ revealed he has a good relationship with the Brit and has kept in regular contact since meeting.
“The big man is awesome; we’ve always got along quite well. I met him before he was supposed to fight Chisora at a press conference and then we’ve sort of kept in contact via social media since then.
“He’s gone a little quiet over the last year or two as you can imagine but we get along quite well so everything went great.
“I’ve met his father and the rest of his family as well so that was nice. He’s just a big 6 ft 9 man – he can move well and he knows what he’s doing, he added.”
Fury will inevitably have a warm-up fight before attempting to get higher in the world rankings.
A victory over Whyte would leave Browne with the WBC Silver strap as well as being number one contender to Deontay Wilder’s belt.
But the unbeaten star admitted he would relish the opportunity to trade with Fury if the opportunity was to prosper.
He concluded: “At this point in my career I’m 38, I want some good fights, good money and good competitive fights.
“Myself versus Fury would be a great fight for selling purposes and fight-wise. I’ve always been very well received in the UK, it’s my home away from home and I really appreciate the love I get.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95