Browne in 2014
14 April 1979|
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||Big Daddy|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Reach||196 cm (77 in)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. In November, Browne produced another positive drug test 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Chagaev's promoter Timur Dugazaev announced the fight would likely take place in Grozny in March 2016. In the January 2016, the fight was officially announced to take place on 5 March. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. On 26 May, his opponent was announced as journeyman Mathew Greer (16-20, 13 KOs). In a scheduled six round fight, Browne dropped and stopped the over matched Greer in round 2. After the win, Browne set his sights on WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
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. Browne backed out of the fight and was replaced by American boxer Amir Mansour. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
|Professional record summary|
|26 fights||25 wins||1 loss|
|27||N/A||N/A||Julius Long||N/A||– (8)||28 Sep 2018||Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia|
|26||Loss||25–1||Dillian Whyte||KO||6 (12), 0:37||24 Mar 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England||For WBC Silver heavyweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Matthew Greer||TKO||2 (6), 1:14||2 Jun 2017||Club Punchbowl, Sydney, Australia|
|24||Win||24–0||Ruslan Chagaev||TKO||10 (12), 2:27||5 Mar 2016||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||Julius Long||KO||9 (10), 2:59||14 Aug 2015||Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia|
|22||Win||22–0||Chauncy Welliver||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||12 Nov 2014||Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia||Retained WBA Inter-Continental and WBC–EPBC heavyweight titles|
|21||Win||21–0||Andriy Rudenko||UD||12||1 Aug 2014||Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England||Retained WBC–EPBC heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
|20||Win||20–0||Éric Martel-Bahoéli||KO||5 (12), 1:26||26 Apr 2014||Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England||Won vacant Commonwealth and WBC–EPBC heavyweight titles|
|19||Win||19–0||Clarence Tillman||KO||2 (6), 2:23||13 Dec 2013||Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia|
|18||Win||18–0||Richard Towers||TKO||5 (12), 0:51||2 Nov 2013||Hull Arena, Hull, England|
|17||Win||17–0||Travis Walker||RTD||7 (10), 3:00||25 Jul 2013||Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia|
|16||Win||16–0||James Toney||UD||12||28 Apr 2013||Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia||Won vacant WBF (Foundation) heavyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Kotatsu Takehara||KO||1 (8), 1:08||1 Mar 2013||Lions Richlands, Brisbane, Australia|
|14||Win||14–0||Jason Gavern||TKO||3 (10), 2:23||11 Dec 2012||Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, SAR|
|13||Win||13–0||Hastings Rasani||TKO||1 (6), 0:44||16 Jun 2012||Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England|
|12||Win||12–0||Paul Butlin||TKO||4 (6), 1:15||21 Apr 2012||Sports Centre, Oldham, England|
|11||Win||11–0||Colin Wilson||KO||3 (10), 2:56||17 Feb 2012||Southport RSL Club, Gold Coast, Australia||Won vacant Australian heavyweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Alipate Liava'a||TKO||1 (4), 1:51||9 Dec 2011||WA Italian Club, Perth, Australia|
|9||Win||9–0||Paula Lakai||KO||4 (4), 1:57||5 Nov 2011||WA Italian Club, Perth, Australia|
|8||Win||8–0||Fai Falamoe||TKO||5 (10), 2:59||30 Sep 2011||Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Won vacant WBF (Foundation) Asia-Pacific heavyweight title|
|7||Win||7–0||Clarence Tillman||UD||12||5 Aug 2011||Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre, Kalgoorlie, Australia||Won vacant Universal Boxing Council Intercontinental heavyweight title|
|6||Win||6–0||Scott Belshaw||KO||2 (4), 1:40||13 May 2011||Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia|
|5||Win||5–0||Henry Taani||KO||1 (6), 2:34||15 Apr 2011||WA Basketball Centre, Perth, Australia|
|4||Win||4–0||Alipate Liava'a||KO||3 (6), 1:35||2 Apr 2011||Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre, Kalgoorlie, Australia|
|3||Win||3–0||John Szigeti||KO||3 (6), 1:17||4 Feb 2011||Southport RSL Club, Gold Coast, Australia|
|2||Win||2–0||Sam Leuii||TKO||1 (4), 2:10||1 Jul 2010||Penrith Stadium, Sydney, Australia|
|1||Win||1–0||Jason Keir||KO||4 (4), 0:33||20 Mar 2009||Manly Leagues Club, Sydney, Australia||Professional debut|
|Professional record breakdown|
|8 matches||6 wins||2 losses|
|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|
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byAuckland Auimatagi
| WBF (Foundation) Asia-Pacific
30 September 2011 – 28 April 2013
Won full title
Title next held byHunter Sam
Title last held byMichael Kirby
| Australian heavyweight champion
17 February 2012 – September 2012
Title next held bySolomon Haumono
Title last held byDavid Price
| Commonwealth heavyweight champion
26 April 2014 – September 2015
Title next held byAnthony Joshua
|New title|| WBC–EPBC heavyweight champion
26 April 2014 – October 2015
Title next held byJoseph Parker
Title last held byDavid Haye
| WBA Inter-Continental
1 August 2014 – 5 March 2016
Won world title
Title next held byLuis Ortiz
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byKali Meehan
| WBF (Foundation)
28 April 2013 – November 2013
Title next held byMark de Mori
|Major world boxing titles|
| WBA heavyweight champion
5 March 2016 – 13 May 2016