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Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne set for heavyweight clash on March 24 in London

Whyte secures easy points win over Robert Helenius. Photo by Lawrence Lustig
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Jan

Another intriguing heavyweight fight is on deck for the first quarter of 2018.

It was announced by Matchroom Sports promoter Eddie Hearn on Thursday that Dillian Whyte will meet Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne on March 24 at The O2 in London.

The heavyweight tilt should position the winner for a meaningful fight later in 2018. After all, Whyte, whose only loss came to Anthony Joshua in 2015, is THE RING’s No. 8 heavyweight, and before Browne was popped for PEDs, he was RING-rated, too.

“I can’t wait, I hate Lucas Browne and I want to hurt him,” said Whyte, who engaged in a war of words with Browne on social media last year. “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.”

Whyte (22-1, 16 knockouts) debuted in the U.S. with a third-round stoppage of Malcolm Tann in August, and then returned to Europe with a decision victory over Robert Helenius.

A win over Browne, and the Jamaica native is in line for a rematch with Joshua, his bitter rival whom he rocked in their first meeting.

Browne (25-0, 22 KOs), too, can ensure bigger paydays with a victory over Whyte. The 6-foot-5 heavyweight from Australia was rising through the ranks when he failed a second drug test in November 2016, this time for the banned substance ostarine (he previously was found with clenbuterol in his system for his win over Ruslan Chagaev.)

The 37-year-old has fought only once since that victory, a second-round KO of Matthew Greer, a fighter with a losing record, in June.

The second failed PED test scrapped a bout with Shannon Briggs, and now Browne steps up to the toughest challenge of his career.

“I’m genuinely looking forward to coming over to the UK again and bashing Dillian,” Browne said. “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.”

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Steve

    Another good heavyweight fight to look forward to. 2018 is shaping up to be a good year for the division

    • Wade Wilson

      Yeah, I think the division is actually in a lot better shape than people are giving it credit for. It’s not great but it’s not bad. People always complain about the heavyweights.

      • Steve

        People like to compare to the glory days of the 70s but as long as the top ten guys are mixing it up and making decent fights I’m not too worried if the current crop fall short talent wise compared to their counterparts of 45 years ago

        • Jeremy, UK

          You’re right, people always slag off the heavyweights – the heavyweights of the 1980s & 1990s and early 2000s are generally thought better of now, than they were at the time.

          • Steve

            Exactly. I look back at the 90s now and it seems like a golden age because most of the fights got made. Although it would have been nice to see Bowe v Lewis (or Mercer…or Morrison..)

          • Jeremy, UK

            It does look like a Golden Era! However, I would suggest that Joshua, Wilder, Klitschko, Fury, Povetkin, Ortiz,Parker stands up pretty well, in terms of possible exciting matchups that have happened or could happen, vs any other decade bar 1970s.

  • shawn

    Someone will pullout

    • Wade Wilson

      That’s what I always assume up until the ring walk and then I end up happily surprised!

      • shawn

        Let’s hope for the best then !

  • ceylon mooney

    GOOD MATCHUP

  • SCOTT BARKER

    if the fight actually takes place as sch,………..ill believe it when it act. happens

    • Ten Count Toronto

      But lets just cancel the PED testing for this one. We all know both of them are juiced, why bother risking a positive test that will delay the fight 6 or 12 months only to have either or both guys reinstated and the fight rescheduled anyway. Just skip the whole song & dance.

  • PrinceGian

    Easy KO for Whyte.

  • Giuseppe

    The Great Whyte Hope vs Big Bogan Browne

  • Giuseppe

    I can see this being a real to and fro affair… lasting four or five rounds. I can’t say who will win.. so its a good one.

  • stetee83

    Should be a decent scrap, fancy Whyte to just edge it

  • Serving Soldier

    You can say one thing for Whyte he is active and prepared not to duck and fight anyone. Not sure how the likes of Andy Ruiz Junior (Not fought since 2016, Boxrec even has Ruiz down as inactive, whilst Whyte has had 3 fights in that period) is still ranked above him. I see Browne giving a good scrap for 5 or 6 rounds before getting launched by Dillian.
    Genuinely looking forward to this one should be a decent tear up.

    • Keano

      Are you from America? You should search for a channel on YouTube called ifl tv. They have real no holds barred interviews with nearly everyone on the UK scene, and Dillian has tried to fight EVERYONE, he has a very recent video link is here 🙂 https://youtu.be/O6B-5UALh4o