Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Joseph Parker vs. Lucas Browne in Serious Talks, Deal Looms

Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne has agreed to fight WBO title holder Joseph Parker in potentially the biggest trans-Tasman boxing fight in memory.

Now he's just waiting for the Kiwi's signature for a fight mooted for around March of next year. The bout could happen in Parker's home city of Auckland, or in Australia, with Melbourne probably favoured ahead of Sydney.

"I've heard that his trainer, his promoter, his matchmaker, have all said 'yes, no problem', it's actually Parker himself that's holding it up," Browne told AAP on Tuesday.

parker-browne-fight

Browne's promoter Matt Clark was equally adamant it was up to Parker to seal the proposed deal.

"They've offered us a deal, we've agreed, we're ready to go, so if the fight doesn't happen it' rests solely on Joseph Parker," Clark told AAP.

Despite the Browne camp's assertions, it's believed the 25-year-old New Zealander is prepared to take the fight.

However, Browne isn't ranked in the WBO top 15 and may have to take a fight to get ranked.

"If needs be and he (Browne) has to go and fight for some sort of WBO regional title we'll look at doing that," Clark said, when asked about getting a ranking for his fighter.

Browne, who has fought just once in the last 20 months, would welcome a warmup fight "to get the cobwebs out again" before a match against Parker.

Browne took the WBA title off Ruslan Chagaev in Chechnya in March 2016, but was subsequently stripped and suspended by the WBA after testing positive to an illicit substance.

He was subsequently absolved by the WBA, but then tested positive again in late 2016, when he bought and used something he did not realise contained a banned substance.

"I now unfortunately look like a two-times drug cheat without really doing much at all," Browne said.

"The first time with Chechnya that wasn't me, the second time was my own doing, I went into a shop and walked out with it and I didnt check it properly."

Parker has made two defences of the vacant title he won last December.

He's one of three three unbeaten heavyweight champions at the moment along with Britain's Anthony Joshua (IBF,IBO & WBA) and Deontay Wilder (WBC) of the United States.

"I think Parker is probably the weakest out of the three and I'd love to capitalise on that," said Browne, who resides in Perth, but has started his training camp in Sydney.

There are reports that Parker's team is also speaking with Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua - a fight which is also being targeted for the first quarter of 2018.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Karoriori on 11-08-2017

[QUOTE=club fighter;18193254].....and that's why he went on to a UD and made Helenius look like he didn't belong in the ring.[/QUOTE] Because he didn't. Helenius was awful in sparring mode and Whyte was terrible too.

Comment by Raggamuffin on 11-07-2017

Parker do your thing. You made beating Takam look a lot better than Joshua did. They can't sprinkle that UK money and make fights, lmao. You negotiate fights. If you fight his stiff ass im picking you to win, and…

Comment by club fighter on 11-07-2017

[QUOTE=Karoriori;18193212] he was not right after getting clipped in round 2 by Helenius it was obvious.[/QUOTE] .....and that's why he went on to a UD and made Helenius look like he didn't belong in the ring.

Comment by Karoriori on 11-07-2017

[QUOTE=club fighter;18192053]Chagaev is nobody, Whyte is better than H.Fury,Ruiz & Takam. If JP doesn't struggle in a bout against Whyte like he did against Fury it would do wonders for his credibility, if he does struggle and look one dimensional........well.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 11-07-2017

Seems Joshua/Parker may be in serious negotiations. Parker just had his press conferance, think he was expected to announce Parker/Browne. Now saying Browne fight will happen if the Joshua negotiations break down

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (72)
Top Headlines Tyson Fury Tears Apart Deontay Wilder's "Biggest Career Wins" AIBA Submits Reports TO IOC With Olympic Future at Stake Manu Vatuvei vs. Brown Buttabean Set For Parker-Flores Card Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Warns 168: You Are All on Notice - I'm Back! Photos: Maurice Hooker, Alex Saucedo - Open Workouts News: David Papot, Eric Walker, Ievgen Khytrov, More De La Hoya: Mayweather Was Looking For Attention With Rizin Jaron Ennis Motivated By Goal of Unifying Welterweight Division Emmanuel Tagoe Inks Promotional With Lou DiBella Donaire: If I Land My Best Shots, I Believe I Can Stop Zolani Tete Bellew: I Want Reality Back, I Want a Normal Life and I Will Find It Shohjahon Ergashev Secures a Rapid Knockout Win in Chicago Agit Kabayel vs. Otto Wallin on February 3rd or 23rd in Germany Bivol: Pascal's Style Will Make Better Fight Than Chilemba Bout Manager: Usyk Will Need a Fight or Two Before Joshua Title Fight Conlan Eyes Warrington: Win or Lose, I'd Love To Fight Him Jarrell Miller: Dillian Whyte is a Clown, Nobody is Afraid of Him Sullivan Barrera: I'm a Free Agent - I Want Alvarez, Beterbiev, Jack Tomoki Kameda Eyes Rey Vargas After Capturing WBC Interim-Belt Linares: Canelo is Best Pound-For-Pound Fighter in The World Malignaggi: Bellew Was Clever & Good; Usyk Was Very Frustrated Froch: Fighting Joshua May Be Too Ambitious For 'Special' Usyk Hearn Expects Purse Bid Battle For Lomachenko-Crolla Rights Eddie Hearn: Tony Bellew One Of Best Men You'll Ever Meet Jazza Dickens on Life in Miami, Training in The United States Malignaggi: Usyk Should Fight Whyte, Chisora or Oquendo First Luis Ortiz: Wilder Will Put Fury To Sleep - Then I Want Rematch! Brian Phillips Discusses Life Inside Tyson Fury's Training Camp Tony Bellew - Just a World-Class Fighter Rizin Aims To Get Mayweather vs. Nasukawa Back on Track Usyk Will Take His Time, Will Not Rush To a Joshua Fight Tony Bellew: I Had To Retire, My Body Can't Take it No More Tevin Farmer To Face Francisco Fonseca on Canelo-Fielding Card Marine Sergeant Morante Campaigns For Boxing in Paralympics Commey: Mikey Garcia Knew it Was a Massive Risk To Fight Me Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew - CompuBox Punch Stats Haye: I Had Bellew Ahead Of Usyk By One, But He Unraveled Whyte: I Would Maul Usyk All Night, He'll Struggle at Heavyweight! Photos: Gamboa, Juanma Win Bouts To Set Up 2019 Showdown Hearn Sees Numerous Options For Usyk's Debut at Heavyweight
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement