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Today at 6 pm ET on HBO, Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne square off in a heavyweight grudge match that follows a lot of trash talk from both sides, and hopefully will result in an action-packed fight between the two big fellas.
Whyte (21-1, 16 KO) hasn’t lost since being stopped by Anthony Joshua in December 2015, a run of six straight wins, and is hoping a victory will get him into the title picture in the renewed division. Browne (25-0, 22 KO) has never lost at all, and briefly held the WBA “world” title thanks to a 2016 win over Ruslan Chagaev, but he’s fought just once since then.
The winner will have Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker, and Deontay Wilder in his sights after this one. It’s an important fight.
The Sky Sports undercard airing in the UK also features a pair of British title bouts. Lewis Ritson defends the lightweight title against Scotty Cardle, and Frank Buglioni defends his light heavyweight belt against Callum Johnson.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call today. Join us!
What is it?
British heavyweight Dillian Whyte takes on Australian Lucas Browne with both fighters hoping to put themselves in the picture for a world title shot.
When is it?
Saturday, March 24 2018.
Where is it?
Whyte will be on home soil in south London at the O2 Arena.
What time will the fight start?
The card begins at 6pm GMT, but Whyte and Browne are not expected in the ring for the headline event until after 10pm.
What TV channel is it on?
The bout is free-to-air not, not a box office event, with coverage beginning from 7pm on Sky Sports Action and 7.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event.
What is Lucas Browne’s record and style?
Browne is on a 25-fight unbeaten run, and has been a nightclub bouncer and a cage-fighter in previous lives. Now 38, Whyte should have a physical advantage over the Australian but he has a powerful right-hand and has a reputation as a swinger.
What are they saying?
Browne on Whyte and feeling no pressure:
I love big, competitive, fights and also the exposure, the UK has given that to me.
I’m going into this as an underdog but that’s better for me, I have no stress. Whyte has to put on a good show, I just have to turn up and beat him.
It’s going to be a knockout win, that’s the only prediction I am going to give.”
Big Daddy’ has only fought once since his WBA world title win over Chagaev in early 2016, but the unbeaten powerhouse is assured of his ability.
As a fighter, Whyte’s OK, but I think I’m better and have more tools.
Physically, he’s a big boy with a long reach and good work rate. He will bring that, but can he keep up with my pace and power?
He has to stay away from my right hand and my left now for 12 rounds. If I land a nice, good, shot it could change everything.
As a person I don’t know him, he could be doing his thing for the camera or it could be him. I don’t like the person in front of the camera, that’s why we don’t get along.
Whyte on Browne being a ‘clubber’:
Keep my hands up. It’s heavyweight boxing. If you fear one punch, move down a division or two. I don’t fear that.
I’ve fought guys with a big punch, with speed, power, flashy technique, traditional boxing technique, tall guys who get a lot of leverage. He’s just a clubber.
“He’s strong but he hasn’t fought anyone as youthful as me. He might have fought guys with better technique but they have been old.
“I’ve got the skill, speed and power. People forget, but I’ve got power. I can knock people out.
Whyte on improving:
Before I fought AJ I was a three-to-six round puncher but now I’ve got the punch power late into the fight, and I’ve got the cardio and conditioning to go with it.
It’s not just about trying to put people to sleep in the first round.
People say: ‘you’re more calm’. I know what I need to do. Hindsight is a great thing. It’s about experience. I’ve grown physically and mentally.
What is our prediction?
Whyte is absolutely desperate for another shot at a world title and possible bout with Anthony Joshua, and we fancy that incentive will be enough to carry him through what could be a slug-fest.
Everything you need to know about Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight fight against Lucas Browne, live on Saturday from 7.30pm on Main Event.
Whyte has been searching for an opponent dangerous enough whereby a win would propel him into the world title mix. He’s found one.
Australia’s Browne is unbeaten in 25, and was set to challenge Joseph Parker until the WBO champion agreed to fight Anthony Joshua. Browne won the WBA ‘regular’ belt in 2016 by knocking out Ruslan Chagaev, his standout result, but two failed drug tests since then have tarred his reputation.
He is a big enough puncher to trouble London’s Whyte who is a fitter, more disciplined technician since he lost a 2015 brawl with Joshua (his only defeat).
Uncomplimentary words have been exchanged by Whyte and Browne in the build-up which could cause fireworks when the first bell rings.
The bigger picture:
The conclusion to the world heavyweight title unification fight next weekend between Joshua and Parker, live on Sky Sports Box Office, should provide more clarity to the Whyte-Browne winner.
Whyte has long been campaigning for a crack at WBC champion Deontay Wilder. He is currently listed at No 1 in that organisation’s rankings, and beating Browne should confirm him as Wilder’s mandatory challenger.
The ultimate goal for Whyte is to earn his shot at Wilder, win the WBC belt, then rematch his bitter rival Joshua with all four major titles on the line.
What the fighters say:
I’ve got the skill, speed and power. People forget, but I’ve got power. I can knock people out. Physically, he’s a big boy with a long reach and good work rate. He will bring that, but can he keep up with my pace and power?
What the rivals say:
Whyte wants to become a heavyweight champion so when we meet again it is massive. We know Lucas Browne has got a power punch. If someone is going to get knocked out, Dillian will get knocked out.
What the experts say:
I can see Whyte being in charge and, given the age and experience advantages he has, I think we could see him see Browne off with a late stoppage. Whyte isn’t a one-shot heavy hitter so I don’t see him knocking Browne out, but he does have heart