Dillian Whyte will defend his WBC Silver Heavyweight title against Lucas Browne at The O2 in London on March 24th.
Whyte, ranked number one by the WBC is keen to secure a world title bout with WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, which would, in turn, set up a rematch with his bitter rival, Anthony Joshua.
If his dreams are to become a reality, Whyte knows he must first get past a very game, Lucas Browne.
“I can’t wait, I hate Lucas Browne, and I want to hurt him,” said Whyte. “He’s said some nasty things, and he’s going to have to pay for them.
“I don’t think he really wanted this fight. A deal was in place before then he started to try and change the terms. He kept delaying things after we gave in to his demands and started saying there was a fight in America he was chasing. We’ve bent over backwards, and up till now, he’s been more interested in making excuses than taking the fight. It’s been frustrating, but we’ve finally got over the hill now so let’s go.
“He’s a big guy with an unbeaten record, so you have to rate him a bit. He carries some power. You have to respect Heavyweight power; it only takes one punch.
“I’m not overlooking Browne; I’m focused on going to town on him. If I don’t knock him out, I will not be happy. The plan is to beat Browne and move closer to a World Title shot. Beating him should make me a mandatory challenger for a World Title – I’m highly ranked across the board, I’ll be a more than credible World Title challenger. I’ve been building my way up, so we’re set for a big year.”
Browne, a former WBA world champion, remains undefeated and has tasted success on enemy soil before, when he claimed the WBA title, stopping Ruslan Chagaev in March 2016.
The Australian heavyweight is now hoping another win away from home can place him among the world title contenders.
“I’m genuinely looking forward to coming over to the UK again and bashing Dillian,” said Browne. “If Helenius and Dereck Chisora hurt him, wait until he feels how I hit. I don’t like anything about him. He’s a loud mouth, and I want to take his head off.
“I have absolutely no fears about coming to London and facing Dillian. After you go to Chechnya to fight, nothing else compares. I’ve fought in England five times already and love fighting there. I know if I stop Whyte impressively I’ll be getting another World title shot.”