Unbeaten Lucas Browne is raring to go ahead of his WBA World Heavyweight Title shot against Ruslan Chagaev on Saturday 5 March, live on BoxNation.
The unbeaten puncher looks in the shape of his life in what is a potentially career defining contest.
Speaking at his pre-fight press conference, Browne stated: “I’m now 114 kg, I’m ready physically. I haven’t been ready at all for any of my previous fights. We’ve left no stone unturned.”
At 36 it could be now or never for ‘Big Daddy’ who boasts an impressive 23 win perfect resume with 20 of those coming inside the distance.
“I want to be a bit more agile, luckily for me the way Rodney [trainer] wants me to fight is how I want to fight,” revealed Browne.
Defending Champion Chagaev makes the second defence of his title after blasting away previous challenger Francesco Pianeta inside a round.
“He’ll want to come forward. He is somewhat one dimensional but it’s been extremely effective over the years. The first 4/5 rounds will be a feeling out process and then I’ll wear him down in the later rounds, finishing off with a KO,” predicted the likeable Aussie.
Browne bids to become Australia’s first ever Heavyweight Champion, a tag that he is relishing.
“It means much. Growing up I wanted to be Heavyweight Champion of the World, this is my opportunity to do so.”
In preparation for the southpaw Chagaev, Browne has been sparring French southpaw Fabrice Aurieng.
“I’m going over to his back yard. I don’t think leaving it for a decision would be wise on my part. I’m going over there with the mind set I’ve got a job to do. I’m respectful but I’m there to knock him out.”
Trainer Rodney Williams believes the Champion will be surprised once he’s felt the force of Browne’s bombs.
“He doesn’t look like he hits hard but he’s got a left and right hand sledgehammer! The speed of his punches are incredible.”
There’s a familiar face in Browne’s camp, a certain Nigel Benn.
‘The Dark Destroyer’ moved down under after an illustrious boxing career and is backing Browne to collect World honours: “I’m so excited for him. I’m trying to pass my passion onto him, he ain’t going to get a better chance than this!”
Asked if he had words of wisdom for Browne, the former Super-Middleweight king roared: “Get on him straight away! He’s 5’11 and Lucas is 6’5 – He’s got it in him to lean on him then bang him. He’s got the power, if he does what Rodney tells him to do… 6 to 8 rounds he will wear him down.”
The significant height advantage could play into Browne’s hands though it’s a tough test on foreign soil.
“This is once in a life time opportunity, I’m not getting a penny from this. It’s all for Lucas and his family,” revealed Benn.
Watch Lucas Browne challenge Ruslan Chagaev live on BoxNation, Saturday 5 March.