Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has re-signed with long term manager Matt Clark to guide the last chapter in his career.
“I’m delighted to be working with Lucas again. He’s accomplished more than any heavyweight in Australian boxing history and beating Davtaev will open up more doors for him,” Clark said.
Browne who possesses an impressive 29-2 (25 KO) record won the Australian, Commonwealth and world crowns with Clark and still has plans to make a further impact on the division.
“Right now, I’m signed to fight Apti Davtaev in the United States. Obviously with the pandemic going on, everything is up in the air. But that’s what I’m focusing on. I’ve worked with Matt for many years and getting the band back together again, so to speak, seemed like the right move," Browne said.
“I’ve seen David Price mention me a few times recently and that would be a very fan-friendly fight. Both of us are big punchers, so I doubt the judges will be required. I’d love to head back over to Britain again and that fight would be perfect to do so.”
IN OTHER NEWS: Perth based, Aussie known as the "Removalist" Francis Chua (7-1-1) boasts a record of 7 wins from 8 fights, his lone loss being a points decision to top flight Australian boxer Kye MacKenzie. Chua had previously upset MacKenzie’s tilt at a world title shot against Vasyl Lomachenko, when he beat the WBO #2 in front of a 40,000 crowd as undercard to a Jeff Horn bout in Brisbane. The November 2018's clash with Kye Mackenzie was the Australasian "Upset of the Year"
Prior to the global pandemic, Chua agreed to terms with the Vietnamese based promotional group Victory 8 to fight Vietnamese legend Nguyen Van Hai. The fight was set to take place in Manila on May 9 for the prestigious WBC Australasia lightweight title.
“For sure, I was coming to win and I expected to win, I believe Im an old school type Gatti-Ward type fighter. I will always give the fans a great show but with the coronavirus it was not meant to be,” said Chua.
Now Chua sets his sights on the domestic scene;
"I know Kye (MacKenzie) & Kayne Clarke are set to fight on the Horn Tszyu Undercard for WBA & IBO regional honours. Kye and I are 1 win each "on paper" but everyone who saw the second fight knows who really won that fight so a trilogy to even up the score with all the regional belts would make sense. I'm up for fighting anyone, anywhere, anytime. If Clarke who is a really good fighter too and I have full respect for anyone who steps foot in the ring.
"There is also local West Aussie Brandon Ogilvie, that would be another great local match up. That could headline Dragon Fire Boxing's Thunderdome series. Jacob NG is another up and coming boxer who is WBO & IBF World rated, both our camps have been in loose discussions previously but dates had never aligned.
"Then there's George Kambosos Jr. who is suppose to be fighting Lee Selby in an IBF eliminator is a fight I would love to have. I was offered by manager the Big Moss, Tony Tolj, a fight with George at the MGM Grand in Vegas on a Pacquiao undercard. Now that is things that you dream about growing up. However my manager really cares for me as a person and said Francis I know you have some of your close family that is terminally I'll, you need to spend time with them. And it was the right decision as my head was all over the shop."