Lucas Browne

A while back we caught up with one of our favourite Australian's, Lucas 'Big Daddy' Browne which you can read here.  At the time he spoke about some of his frustrations of his working relationship with Ricky Hatton, his aims to get his hands on a world title and why he thinks WBC world title holder Deontay Wilder won't want to step in the ring with him. 
Since then we have seen various Twitter conversations between Browne (23-0-0) and Wilder, Browne and Hatton, Browne and......well most people really.  Because Browne epitomises the fighter that engages with his fans.  Follow his Twitter account and you will see that he is happy to engage with fighters and fans alike and doesn't duck the harder questions put to him (albeit do hold a higher guard than he does in the ring for legal purposes!).  So let's see if things have changed on one of the more controversial points, his relationship with UK promoter Ricky Hatton:
"Ricky and I never speak to I'm pretty much here on my own in Australia" says the 6 foot 4, 18 stone Antipodean.  It seems a fractitious relationship, Hatton allegedly blocking his fighter on Twitter and didn't show up for his most recent fight, instead posting photos on holiday on social media.  What's that like for Browne?  "Well, it's a long distance relationship."
Presumably not ideal for a fighter, long distance relationships and being blocked on social media are more common amongst blossoming teenage relationships than between a ring legend and a man who himself has aspirations of picking up a world title. 
Promotional issues aside, the fighting has continued.  On 14th August in Melbourne Browne returned to the ring after a nine month layoff to take on the awkward American Julius Long (16-18-0).  His record may not be the most impressive, but his style and physical size make him a challenge to anyone.  He stands at 7 foot 1, nearly a foot taller than Browne, and has a reach of 90cm.  These attributes meant that Browne was always going to struggle to to work his way around the long jab of the American - and his task was made even harder when in the first round he suffered the ind of injury that could stop some boxers from continuing.  Not so the former nightclub bouncer:
"I broke my thumb of my right hand in the first round" says Browne, who has utilised the power of that right hand for the majority of his impressive 20 KO victories to date.  "I managed to get the KO with a left hook in the 9th round.  I'd had nine months off and besides the thumb injury, it was a needed hard fight against an awkward opponent."
Prior to the Long fight, there were calls for Browne to come over and fight the UK's own undefeated heavyweight Dillian Whyte.  "The UK fans have been overwhelming with their suport for me" says Browne - no doubt something that is appreciated for him given the icy relationship with the other Brit in his life. 
Lucas Browne

There will now be a recovery period for Browne to heal the damaged thumb, but he is back in the gym working on his power already.  He would still love to get his hands on Deontay Wilder (34-0-0), but it seems the undefeated American is still happy to go the easier route with a scheduled defence in late September against unheralded Frenchman Johann Duhaupas (32-2-0).  "I want that fight 100% but his people won't want him to lose against e so it won't happen."  Sadly that's the politics of boxing.

It doesn't mean that all doors are closed for the likeable Australian heavy hitter.  WBC regular champion Ruslan Chagaev is in Browne's sights.  The man from Uzbeistan who fights out of Germany blew out Francesco Pianeta in one round in July.  "He is schedule to fight Oquendo in October, which means I will fight the winner in early 2016."  Light at the end of the tunnel then for Browne.

Whether he can fit another warm up fight in before then will be dependan on the speed of recovery from the injury sustained.  But Browne is a tough, tough man - mentally he has had to overcome the issues of promotional relationships over hte last 12 months and been left to his own devices on the other side of the world from Hatton.  Although he clearly isn't happy about it, he seems more accepting of the issue now.  For the former mixed martial artist - who by his own admission was more heavy hitting boxer than utiliser of kicking and wrestling skills - who at 36 years old still has a number of years to be utilised, 2016 could be a key year for him.  Who promoted him will hopefully be a side issue as he looks to push on and claim heavyweight gold - his own way.