Heavyweight hitter Lucas Browne has been forced to delay a comeback bout after suffering his first career defeat to Dillian Whyte in London last March.
The big Australian was due to fight over the summer until injury needed attention and is now pencilled in for a fall outing before casting his eyes on a return to the UK.
“I suffered a torn meniscus when I was KO’d by Whyte so I had to have surgery on my knee to clean it up,” Browne exclusively informed World Boxing News.
“I’m back in the ring as part of a September 28th Jamie Myer production on the Gold Coast,” he added.
Asked whether criticism of his shape for the Whyte bout came with any justification, Browne replied: “I was fit for the Whyte fight, there’s no doubt about it, but my conditioning was zero.
“I’ve never actually done strength and conditioning for a fight in my life, and that defeat was a true wake up call,” ‘Big Daddy’ explained.
“This time, I’ve made my camp here in Perth full time at my new gym and with my new trainer. I was in Sydney for camp with Rodney Williams, who I rate as one of the best trainers in Sydney, but I wasn’t getting any other training like strength and conditioning etc.. and was also spending way too much time away from family.
“I spent four months away from my kids and girlfriend for the Whyte fight and it got to me in the end. I’m now full time at Onyx gym in Perth, full boxing, pads, bag, sparring, strength and conditioning, massage, recovery all in the one place and I’m ten mins away from my house, it’s truly a win, win for me.
“I’ve just had the knee surgery but am doing exceptionally well. One to two warm ups with the knee and under my new trainer then I’ll be ready to step in the ring with bigger targets.
“Hopefully we can get Dave Allen in the UK this December and Joseph Parker in the New Year,” said Browne.
On whether he ever considered retirement or a return to MMA, Browne concluded: “I’ll box for as long as I stay in shape and can physically box, but hell no to fighting in MMA again.”
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay