"While negotiations with Haumono's team have taken place, the fight was never finalized," Hatton Promotions' press agent—who represents Browne—informed in a statement. "Hatton Promotions' Australian representatives have been informed by Main Event Pay Per View that the bout could be given PPV status in the near future, but a suggested date of isn't suitable as the network's schedule is already fully booked.
"As such, we feel that a Browne v Haumono fight should take place at a time which is more financially beneficial to all parties concerned. However, it must be stressed that Haumono is just one of the options available to Browne at this time."
Browne (19-0, 17KO) enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2013, scoring five wins in as many fights at home in Australia. The lone occasion on the year in which he was extended the distance was versus former three-division champ James Toney, pummeling the aged American over 12 rounds last April.
On that same card, Haumono (21-2-2, 19KO) was stopped in 10 rounds by American fringe contender Kevin Johnson. The 38-year old has since rebounded with a 3rd round knockout win over Marcelo Nascimento last October, though hardly a win that suggests his heavyweight presence extends much further than riding on his past fame enjoyed during his rugby days in the 1990's and early 2000's.
The breakdown in talks with Browne means that Haumono is forced to go another route for his still planned April 3 date. His handlers have suggested an American heavyweight is in the mix for his bout, though the same opportunity will not still be in place without Browne's involvement.
"Following his stunning fifth round stoppage of England's Richard Towers in November, Lucas is the only boxer guaranteed a shot at the Commonwealth title vacated by David Price," confirmed Hatton Promotion's press agent. "It is Lucas' intention to become the first Australian heavyweight to win the Commonwealth belt in almost a century and a number of big name boxers remain on his wish list, including Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora."