Lucas 'Big Daddy' Browne has been enjoying a luxury experience in Chechnya ahead of his BoxNation televised WBA world heavyweight title fight against Ruslan Chagaev this Saturday night.
Whether the red carpet treatment will be pulled from under his feet if he upsets Chagaev in Grozny is unknown, but he’s feeling like a champ right now. The city has a dodgy reputation and fighters like Fres Oquendo have complained about the treatment they received when they boxed Chagaev there.
Browne has been given his own armed security team to guide him around and has been pleased to see his face on billboards at almost every turn.
“I'm being treated like a rock star over here. We are in five-star accommodation and everything is going perfectly. The whole city is caught up in pre-fight excitement,” said Browne who has won all 23 fights.
“I wasn't sure what to expect coming here, but it is a beautiful city with wonderful people.
“I'm putting the finishing touches on my preparation now and I'm really looking forward to getting in there and making history.”
Australia has never had a world title holder in the heavyweight division and Lucas is keen to right his name into the history books with a blistering performance.
Browne, 36, added: “The thought of me doing what no man has before really spurs me on, I can’t and I won’t let this opportunity pass me by.
“I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m ready to knock Chagaev out. He’s been a very good champion over the years, but it has to be my time now.”
Nigel Benn is part of Browne’s training team, he is promoted by Ricky Hatton and boxed in Britain five times.
Browne is a former bouncer who quit that job after being shot at while working on the doors of a nightclub.
Although he faces a massive task in Grozny he has already made a slice of history when he became the first Aussie to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title in 122 years.
He achieved that feat in April 2014 when he knocked out Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli inside five rounds.