By Igor Lazorin, tass
It appears that tough heavyweight contender Amir Mansour has been pegged to replace former world champion Lucas Browne in a fight against Russia's Sergey Kuzmin, which will be held on November 27 in Moscow.
"Brown refused, I will [box] with Mansour," stated Kuzmin.
Browne is known to Russian fans for his fireworks filled fight with Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev, which was held in March 2016 and ended with Browne getting a dramatic victory by technical knockout in the 10th round.
With the win over Chagaev, Browne won WBA "regular" world championship. Afterwards, Browne failed a doping test - coming up positive for clenbuterol. He was suspended for six months and stripped of the title.
Mansour has a record of 23 wins (16 by KO), two losses and one draw. And Kuzmin has a record of 11 wins (8 by knockout) and no defeat. Prior to that fight, Mansour had a controversial draw with Gerald Washington, and then he was battering Dominic Breazeale before suffering a badly broken jaw and being unable to continue fighting any further in the contest.
Mansour has been out of the ring since March, when he shocked Travis Kauffman to win a ten round majority decision to capture several regional titles. Mansour was trying to get several big names to fight him without much success. He claimed to have been locked in to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder earlier this year, but Wilder instead passed him over for a fight with Washington.
Kuzmin is regarded as a hot prospect in the heavyweight ranks. Because he is 30 years old, he's being fast tracked by his handlers. The boxer has knocked out his last five opponents - including his last two fights taking place in the United States. He is managed by well known Vadim Kornilov, who handles Dmitry Bivol, Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol and several others.