Dillian Whyte will be aiming to defend his WBC silver heavyweight crown when he meets Lucas Browne at the O2 Arena on Saturday.Whyte knows victory will likely pave the way for a shot at Deontay Wilder and his WBC belt, with a rematch against Anthony Joshua also in his sights. Ahead of the fight with Browne, Whyte said: “We’re both at the point in our careers where we need to put in a big performance to stake a claim to fight for a world title.That’s going to make me put it all on the line, and I think it’ll do the same for him.
When: Saturday, March 24,2018
Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
TV: HBO, BoxNation (UK)
Browne is on a 25-fight unbeaten run, and has been a nightclub bouncer and a cage-fighter in previous lives. Now 38, Whyte should have a physical advantage over the Australian but he has a powerful right-hand and has a reputation as a swinger.
Like Whyte, Browne has plenty of personality. He’s more a villain, perhaps, even compared to Whyte, who is not exactly a stereotypical knight in shining armor himself. At 38, his time is now or never. He’s had issues with drug tests in the past, but nothing has actually affected his record — his “controversial” win over Chagaev is still a win in the record books, and he still took the WBA “world” title with that victory.
If there’s a serious concern about Browne going in here, it’s that he’s fought just once since that victory over Chagaev in March 2016. He was last seen in June 2017, beating journeyman Matthew Greer via second round knockout.