A much-trimmer Lucas Browne scored a 27th career victory on Saturday to give himself a WBC Rankings boost.
Fighting in a second comeback fight since losing for the first time in his career against Dillian Whyte, the former world heavyweight champion halted Junior Pati in five rounds to win the WBC Asian Silver Heavyweight strap.
The 39 year-old was competing in New Zealand, eight months on from his disappointing UK showing. ‘Big Daddy’ was dropped and stopped badly by Dillian Whyte at The O2 and has since admitted he wasn’t properly prepared.
After shedding the pounds and looking ripped against Julius Long in September, Browne dropped a further stone when scaling a slight 243 pounds.
It’s Browne’s lightest ever weight by some margin. And a far cry from the fleshy shape he was in for his solitary reverse in London.
At this weight, Browne could prove an unstoppable force in reaching the top of the division once again. Fights against the likes of Dave Allen and Joseph Parker are already rumored.
Parker would be the more likely for a huge Aussie v Kiwi battle in the first few months of 2019. Parker needs to come through Alex Flores first on December 15, though.
Both Browne and Parker left British shores needed to rebuild their careers. Parker, an ex-WBO ruler, also suffered a loss against Whyte.
Facing each other seems to be the logical step before the winner can then eye a rematch with Whyte or another UK contender later next year.
Talking prior to the Pati encounter, Browne had his own target over in the USA.
“The one fight that I do want is (Adam) Kownacki. I’d much rather go over to America to fight Kownacki as that would be a much better fight for the fans,” said Browne.
“I think they’d love that fight a lot more in January after this New Zealand fight.
“There was a lot of talk about Dave Allen and now David Price wants to shoot his mouth off. But my personal preference would be Kownacki.
“Let’s see how it all works out because I’ve got a fight to deal with first and I never look past anyone” he concluded.