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UK News: Chisora-Gjerjaj; Lucas Browne; Etches

Dereck Chisora will make the first defence of his European heavyweight title against Switzerland's Arnold Gjerjaj at the Copper Box Arena in London on November 30.

Chisora won the vacant title with a fifth-round stoppage of Edmund Gerber at the same venue last month and victory over Gjerjaj would extend his current winning streak to four fights.

Gjerjaj has won all 22 of his professional bouts including his last nine by stoppage, but has only fought outside Switzerland on one previous occasion.

Undefeated Aussie Heavyweight Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne is about to once again invade the United Kingdom when he faces Richard Towers on November 2nd in Hull, England.  The bout is a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title, a belt that no Australian has held since the great Peter Jackson in 1892.  Browne 17-0 (15 KO) departs Australia on October 20th, giving him plenty of time to acclimatise and to also fine tune at Ricky Hatton's Hyde gym. 

"I can't wait to get over to the UK and perform.  I've got plenty of British and Irish fans following me on twitter and facebook and I hope they either come on the night or tune into Sky Sports.  Richard and I are good friends, but this is strictly business.  He's standing in the way of my goals, so I need to take care of that." 

Both Browne and Towers are no strangers.  They have sparred numerous times together in Sheffield and have previously been scheduled to fight on two occasions.  The first bout was cancelled due to a sparring injury suffered by Towers, who is also undefeated at 14-0 (11 KO).  The pair were re-scheduled in Australia, only to see Towers denied a visa. 

"It certainly is third time lucky," said Browne's manager Matt Clark.  "I believe we're going to see a career best performance from Lucas.  He's preparing extremely well, without any distractions and he's ready for this next step.  His fan base in the UK and Ireland is growing rapidly and a good performance here might see him face defending Commonwealth champion David Price in his next bout." 

Browne explained that while his primary focus is Yorkshireman Towers, Price is also a target.  "I'm not looking beyond Richard Towers, but I want that Commonwealth belt and the prestige that comes with it.  If David Price is holding it, then he's in my sights.  I'm hearing whispers about Joey Parker wanting to fight me in New Zealand.  To be honest, I don't know much about him at all apart from that he was a good amateur.  If he continues to build and improve then maybe that fight can be made, if he wants it."

"Right now, Joey Parker has nothing that we want," stated Clark.  Our aim for some time is the Commonwealth crown.  Parker doesn't have it, so he's not on the immediate radar.  I only caught highlights of his last bout on the internet, but he got the win despite being tagged and cut.  I'm sure he'll continue to learn his craft as a professional and maybe they'll cross paths down the line. At this point in time, all we're looking at is Richard Towers."  

ETCHES FACES BRAZILIAN BANGER

SHEFFIELD KO king Adam Etches will meet someone equally capable of finishing a fight inside the distance when he appears on the undercard of Kell Brook v Vyacheslav Senchenko next Saturday (October 26).

The middleweight, 22, will defend his IBF Youth title against Brazilian banger Alexandre Mendes in a match-up that's unlikely to go the distance.

Mendes, while being something of an unknown quantity, has a record of ten wins with nine stoppages, while Etches has halted ten of his 12 professional opponents.

"I don't know much about him but with a record like that he can clearly punch," Etches, who has recently returned to original trainer Andy Marlow, said.

"Anyone who follows boxing knows that in your early career you fight people who know how to survive, so for him to be knocking them out shows he must be good.

"Obviously, I'll be the favourite, but I'll have to be on my guard and make sure I bring my A game.

"I want to be fighting people like Chris Eubank Jnr and Billy Joe Saunders so I can't afford to slip up in this fight."

Like when an unheralded Briedis Prescott came to England and shocked Amir Khan in 2008, Mendes believes this is an opportunity to make his name outside of South America with another KO.

He said: "This is a big fight for me, my first title shot and first away from home. I'm not worried though.

"Etches is obviously a good boxer, but I'm not travelling all the way to England to lose. I expect to knock him out."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 10-14-2013

the browne\towers fight could have some fireworks while it lasts. chisora taking on a guy I never heard of. obviously a European level fighter...

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