By Keith Idec
Lucas Browne and Dillian Whyte continued talking trash to each other Thursday.
London’s Whyte was dismissive of Browne’s chances of winning their heavyweight fight during a press conference to officially announce their March 24 battle at O2 Arena in London.
“Lucas Browne hasn’t got no way of stopping me,” Whyte said. “He doesn’t throw combinations, and he’s old and slow. All he’s got is power. I’m younger, fresher and have got power and skills.”
Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) has lost only to British rival Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), who has emerged as boxing’s best heavyweight since stopping Whyte in the seventh round of their December 2015 fight in London.
Whyte wasn’t particularly impressive in his last fight, a 12-round, unanimous-decision win over Finland’s Robert Helenius (25-2, 16 KOs) on the Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard October 28 in Cardiff, Wales. The Jamaican-born contender is nine years younger than the 38-year-old Browne, however, and has been much more active in recent years.
Australia’s Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) has fought just once since stopping Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) in the 11th round to win the WBA world heavyweight title in March 2016.
“It’s a fight we’ve been trying to get for a while,” Whyte said. “We’ve been chasing Lucas Browne for a long time, when he was supposedly WBA champion of the world. I offered to fight him. He said no, I’m not ranked. No, he’s not going to fight me. Go and do it the hard way, like he did. You didn’t do it the hard way, mate. What’s the hard way?”
No matter what Whyte says, Browne believes he has an equalizer.
“I’ve always held the power,” Browne said. “I can go 11 rounds, lose 11 rounds, and still knock him out. From that point of view, I’m dangerous to anyone on the planet.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.