Lucas Browne

Lucas Browne
Lucas Browne 2014.png
Browne in 2014
Born (1979-04-14) 14 April 1979 (age 39)
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Other names Big Daddy
Nationality Australian
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 196 cm (77 in)
Stance Orthodox
Professional boxing record
Total 26
Wins 25
By knockout 22
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 8
Wins 6
By knockout 6
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Other information
Website www.lucas-browne.com
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 20 October 2016

Lucas Browne (born 14 April 1979) is an Australian professional boxer and former mixed martial artist and kickboxer. In boxing he has held the Australian and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, and made history in March 2016 by becoming Australia's first world heavyweight boxing champion after winning the WBA (Regular) title. However, Browne was stripped of the title two months later for failing a drug test. This ruling was then overturned in September, clearing him of any wrongdoing.[1] In November, Browne produced another positive drug test[2] which he says was due to him buying (legally) a pre-workout supplement without taking the time to properly vet it for compatibility with the WBA's anti-doping regulations.[3]

Professional boxing career[]

Early career[]

Browne turned professional on 20 March 2009 at the age of 30. He won his first contest by fourth round knockout. On 17 February 2012, Browne became the Australian heavyweight champion by knocking out Colin Wilson in three rounds.[4]

On 28 April 2013, he defeated the future hall of famer and three-weight division world champion James Toney by twelve round unanimous decision with scores of 117–111, 119–109, and 120–108.[5] Three months later, he stopped former NABF heavyweight champion Travis Walker in seven rounds. Walker dropped Browne in round 1. Although Walker appeared to clearly win round 7, his corner called the fight off before round 8 could get underway.[6]

In November 2013, Browne scored a fifth round TKO of former European Union heavyweight champion Richard Towers. The fight was an eliminator for the Commonwealth heavyweight title, which at the time was held by David Price.[7]

Regional success[]

On 26 April 2014, Browne fought Éric Martel-Bahoéli for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England. Browne knocked down Martel-Bahoéli in round 2 but the fight continued. In round 3, following an accidental clash of heads, Browne was cut over the left eye. Two inspections were undertaken by the ringside doctor, who allowed the fight continue. Martel-Bahoéli was knocked down again in round 4 and the end came in round 5 when Browne connected with a right uppercut. Browne also claimed the WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council heavyweight title.[8]

Browne vs. Rudenko[]

Browne defended the WBC-EPBC title on August 1, 2014 against Andriy Rudenko (24-0) at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. Browne defeated Rudenko by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title. The judges scored the fight 116–112, 115–113, and 117–112 all in favour of Browne.[9]

Career from 2016–2017[]

Browne vs. Chagaev[]

On 14 November 2015, the WBA ordered Ruslan Chagaev to reach a deal to make a defence of his WBA title against Australian heavyweight contender Browne. The two sides had until 30 November to reach a deal.[10] Chagaev's promoter Timur Dugazaev announced the fight would likely take place in Grozny in March 2016.[11] In the January 2016, the fight was officially announced to take place on 5 March.[12] Browne made history by becoming the first Australian to win a version of the world heavyweight championship, by stopping Chagaev in ten rounds to become WBA (Regular) heavyweight champion in Russia. Browne landed nearly 20 unanswered punches, mostly right hands, before referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 27 seconds. Browne was knocked down in the sixth round and at the time of the knockout, behind on all judges scorecards, 81–88, 82–88, and 82–88. The fight was not without controversy, with a reported 59 seconds of erroneous time during rounds 6 and 7 of the bout.[13][14][15]

Drug issues[]

Browne was later stripped of the title due to a failed drug test for the banned substance clenbuterol. Browne repeatedly maintained his innocence, however testing on the second sample for the drug proved positive.[16]

On 2 November 2016, the WBA ordered Browne to fight American heavyweight veteran Shannon Briggs for the WBA regular title. The fight was ordered to take place before the end of 2016. Browne was originally due to fight Fres Oquendo, who hadn't fought since 2014, however that fight could not be made due to Oquendo recovering from an injury. The WBA ordered the winner of this bout to fight Oquendo in a mandatory defense within 120 days.[17][18]

Reports indicated that after 8 months of being stripped of the WBA heavyweight title due to positive A and B samples for the banned substance clenbuterol, Browne has produced another positive drug test, this time for the banned substance ostarine.[19]

On 18 May 2017, Browne's manager, Matt Clark announced that he would be making a return to the ring on 2 June 2017 at the Club Punchbowl in Sydney.[20] On 26 May, his opponent was announced as journeyman Mathew Greer (16-20, 13 KOs).[21] In a scheduled six round fight, Browne dropped and stopped the over matched Greer in round 2.[22] After the win, Browne set his sights on WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.[23]

Career from 2018[]

Browne vs. Whyte[]

On 17 October 2017, it was reported that Browne would travel to Moscow, Russia to fight unbeaten 30 year old Sergei Kuzmin (11-0, 8 KOs) for the WBA Inter-Continental title on 27 November. Kuzmin, known for his amateur background where he beat the likes of Joe Joyce, Robert Cammarelle and Ivan Dychko.[24] Browne backed out of the fight and was replaced by American boxer Amir Mansour.[25] On 7 November, it was reported that Browne had signed a deal to challenge undefeated WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Locations discussed were Parker's home city of Auckland or Melbourne in Australia. Browne's promoter Matt Clark stated that Browne had signed the contract and was now waiting on Parker to sign the deal. At the time, Browne was not listed in the WBO's top 15 rankings, meaning he would need to fight for a WBO regional title to get ranked.[26] On 11 January 2018, the fight between Browne and WBC Silver heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte was finally made, to take place at the O2 Arena in London on 24 March. Whyte's WBC Silver title would be at stake.[27][28]

Whyte hit Browne with a hard left hook to the head in the round 6 to knock him down and out unconscious, winning the fight. There was no count made and the fight was waived off immediately with ringside doctors attending to Browne before giving him oxygen. The fight was officially stopped at 0:37 of the round. Browne’s face was cut and badly swollen from the clean shots landed from Whyte. Browne left himself open most of the time and tried switching stances after a few rounds. Browne suffered a cut over his left eye in round 3, which got worse with each round. Whyte then bloodied Browne’s nose in round 5.[29] After the fight, Browne was stretchered to a nearby hospital for precaution and Whyte called out WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a fight in June 2018. Promoter Hearn said, “I hope the WBC make Dillian mandatory now, the fight is there for Deontay Wilder in June. We have to force the shot and after that performance, he deserves the shot.” Hearn stated there could be a possibility that the WBC order a final eliminator between Whyte and Dominic Breazeale.[30][31]

Personal life[]

Browne has three children and before becoming a professional boxer and mixed martial artist he was a nightclub bouncer in Kings Cross and a rugby league player for the Parramatta Eels under-18s in the S. G. Ball Cup. Browne also made it to the top 50 of Australian Idol 2004.[32]

Professional boxing record[]

Professional record summary
26 fights 25 wins 1 loss
By knockout 22 1
By decision 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
26 Loss 25–1 United Kingdom Dillian Whyte KO 6 (12), 0:37 24 Mar 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England For WBC Silver heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0 United States Matthew Greer TKO 2 (6), 1:14 2 Jun 2017 Australia Club Punchbowl, Sydney, Australia
24 Win 24–0 Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev TKO 10 (12), 2:27 5 Mar 2016 Russia Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny, Russia Won WBA (Regular) heavyweight title;
Chagaev later reinstated as champion after Browne failed a drug test
23 Win 23–0 New Zealand Julius Long KO 9 (10), 2:59 14 Aug 2015 Australia Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
22 Win 22–0 United States Chauncy Welliver RTD 5 (12), 3:00 12 Nov 2014 Australia Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia Retained WBA Inter-Continental and WBC–EPBC heavyweight titles
21 Win 21–0 Ukraine Andriy Rudenko UD 12 1 Aug 2014 United Kingdom Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England Retained WBC–EPBC heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
20 Win 20–0 Canada Éric Martel-Bahoéli KO 5 (12), 1:26 26 Apr 2014 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England Won vacant Commonwealth and WBCEPBC heavyweight titles
19 Win 19–0 New Zealand Clarence Tillman KO 2 (6), 2:23 13 Dec 2013 Australia Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
18 Win 18–0 United Kingdom Richard Towers TKO 5 (12), 0:51 2 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Hull, England
17 Win 17–0 United States Travis Walker RTD 7 (10), 3:00 25 Jul 2013 Australia Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
16 Win 16–0 United States James Toney UD 12 28 Apr 2013 Australia Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant WBF (Foundation) heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Japan Kotatsu Takehara KO 1 (8), 1:08 1 Mar 2013 Australia Lions Richlands, Brisbane, Australia
14 Win 14–0 United States Jason Gavern TKO 3 (10), 2:23 11 Dec 2012 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, SAR
13 Win 13–0 Zimbabwe Hastings Rasani TKO 1 (6), 0:44 16 Jun 2012 United Kingdom Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Paul Butlin TKO 4 (6), 1:15 21 Apr 2012 United Kingdom Sports Centre, Oldham, England
11 Win 11–0 Australia Colin Wilson KO 3 (10), 2:56 17 Feb 2012 Australia Southport RSL Club, Gold Coast, Australia Won vacant Australian heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 Tonga Alipate Liava'a TKO 1 (4), 1:51 9 Dec 2011 Australia WA Italian Club, Perth, Australia
9 Win 9–0 New Zealand Paula Lakai KO 4 (4), 1:57 5 Nov 2011 Australia WA Italian Club, Perth, Australia
8 Win 8–0 New Zealand Fai Falamoe TKO 5 (10), 2:59 30 Sep 2011 Australia Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney, Australia Won vacant WBF (Foundation) Asia-Pacific heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0 New Zealand Clarence Tillman UD 12 5 Aug 2011 Australia Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre, Kalgoorlie, Australia Won vacant Universal Boxing Council Intercontinental heavyweight title
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Scott Belshaw KO 2 (4), 1:40 13 May 2011 Australia Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
5 Win 5–0 New Zealand Henry Taani KO 1 (6), 2:34 15 Apr 2011 Australia WA Basketball Centre, Perth, Australia
4 Win 4–0 Tonga Alipate Liava'a KO 3 (6), 1:35 2 Apr 2011 Australia Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre, Kalgoorlie, Australia
3 Win 3–0 Australia John Szigeti KO 3 (6), 1:17 4 Feb 2011 Australia Southport RSL Club, Gold Coast, Australia
2 Win 2–0 New Zealand Sam Leuii TKO 1 (4), 2:10 1 Jul 2010 Australia Penrith Stadium, Sydney, Australia
1 Win 1–0 Australia Jason Keir KO 4 (4), 0:33 20 Mar 2009 Australia Manly Leagues Club, Sydney, Australia Professional debut

Mixed martial arts record[]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–2 Jim York TKO (punches) XMMA: Xtreme MMA 3 5 November 2010 2 1:52 Sydney
Win 6–1 Sam Brown KO (punches) Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 1 29 August 2010 3 3:16 Melbourne
Loss 5–1 Daniel Cormier TKO (punches) XMMA 2: ANZ vs. USA 31 July 2010 1 4:35 Sydney
Win 5–0 Leamy Tato TKO (punches) XMMA 1: Xtreme MMA 20 December 2009 2 2:42 Sydney Won the XMMA Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Willie Moon TKO (punches) CFC: Cage Fighting Championships 11 20 November 2009 1 N/A Sydney
Win 3–0 Felise Leniu KO (punches) CFC 10: Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals 21 August 2009 2 1:14 Sydney
Win 2–0 Tui Wright TKO (doctor stoppage) CFC 8: Light Heavyweight Grand Prix 22 May 2009 1 0:23 Sydney
Win 1–0 Jeff King TKO (punches) CFC 7: Battle at the Big Top 20 February 2009 2 1:47 Sydney

Mixed martial arts titles[]

Xtreme MMA

See also[]

References[]

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Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Auckland Auimatagi
WBF (Foundation) Asia-Pacific
heavyweight champion

30 September 2011 – 28 April 2013
Won full title
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Hunter Sam
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Michael Kirby
Australian heavyweight champion
17 February 2012 – September 2012
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Solomon Haumono
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David Price
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
26 April 2014 – September 2015
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Anthony Joshua
New title WBCEPBC heavyweight champion
26 April 2014 – October 2015
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Title next held by
Joseph Parker
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David Haye
WBA Inter-Continental
heavyweight champion

1 August 2014 – 5 March 2016
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Luis Ortiz
Minor world boxing titles
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Kali Meehan
WBF (Foundation)
heavyweight champion

28 April 2013 – November 2013
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Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Ruslan Chagaev
WBA heavyweight champion
Regular title

5 March 2016 – 13 May 2016
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