Chagaev vs Browne

Ruslan Chagaev Lucas Browne

Chagaev Browne

Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny

On air @ 7pm

5

Mar

The WBA World Heavyweight Championship

Post-fight analysis

Lucas 'Big Daddy' Browne tore up the script to produce a sensational comeback to dethrone Ruslan Chagaev to become Australia's first World Heavyweight Champion.

It could have been mistaken for a scene from a Rocky movie, the Aussie dug deep to get off the canvas and land a spectacular KO victory.

Browne was up against it on away turf, Chagaev pressed early and in suspicious circumstances troubled the challenger long past the third minute of round six in which Browne was dropped.

In this ding-dong battle, Browne rocked Chagaev with his own right hand - But again, in peculiar time keeping the round was cut short this time just as the Champion was in trouble.

Both men were visibly struggling and sported war wounds from the gruelling clash.

'Big Daddy' caught Chagaev with a crunching short, sharp right hand which flattened the fatigued Champion.

He managed to survive the count but Browne smelt blood and went for the kill... Referee Stanley Christodoulou had seen enough after the next sickening assault and waved the fight off as Browne made history.

Pre-fight preview

Ruslan Chagaev’s second WBA World Heavyweight Title defence against Lucas Browne on Saturday 5 March from Grozny, Russia is live on BoxNation.

The Heavyweight division is resurgent and victory for either man would set up some potentially lucrative paydays on the biggest of platforms.

This bout is the first of the newly planned WBA World Heavyweight Title restructure tournament which was recently announced by the WBA.

Chagaev makes his first outing since dismantling Italian Franceso Pianeta back in July.

Often with the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov in his corner, it’s no surprise the Champion defends his World Title on a home show.

The Uzbekistan born experienced 37 year old has been around for what seems a lifetime, victory on March 5 could propel him back into the mainstream limelight after fighting Povetkin and Wladimir Klitschko in recent years.

Unbeaten Aussie puncher Browne knows this is his golden chance at the ripe age of 36.

To his credit, Browne has knuckled down and looks in career best shape after admitting he struggled in the late rounds against Andriy Rudenko back in August 2014, picking up a unanimous points victory.

Browne confessed this fight could go deep and after a lacklustre last few rounds in the Rudenko win can’t have a relapse.

Fres Oquendo awaits the winner having a court order ruled in his favour to rematch Chagaev after their July 2014 fight in which the home fighter picked up a majority decision victory to retain his title.

Oquendo has since gone under the knife to correct a potentially career threating injury, which delayed his mandated immediate rematch with Chagaev.

Russian shows on BoxNation always deliver with their explosive in the ring action and somewhat strange yet intriguing happenings outside of the ropes. We’re sure this will be another cracker!