It took some time and after many a false dawn, Dillian Whyte & Lucas Browne will finally square off in the ring following Matchroom Boxing officially announcing that pair will face each other on the 24th of March. The fight is to take place at the O2 arena in London and will be broadcast on Sky Sports, with Whyte’s WBC Silver heavyweight title on the line along with his #1 ranking within the WBC heavyweight ranks.
The pairing have regularly clashed via social media calling each other out to create interest in a fight between each other, with insults and bold claims thrown in to boot. As previously reported the pair had the opportunity to face each other last year on October 28th in Cardiff as part of the undercard to Anthony Joshua’s world title defence against Carlos Takam, however, terms couldn’t be agreed on the behalf of Lucas Browne according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Dillian Whyte speaking via press release (Matchroom Boxing) has stated his intentions to hurt Browne, a figure which Whyte claims he hates:
“I can’t wait, I hate Lucas Browne and I want to hurt him,” said Whyte. “He’s said some nasty things and he’s going to have to pay for them.
“I don’t think he really wanted this fight. A deal was in place before then he started to try and change the terms. He kept delaying things after we gave in to his demands and started saying there was a fight in America he was chasing. We’ve bent over backwards and up till now he’s been more interested in making excuses than taking the fight. It’s been frustrating but we’ve finally got over the hill now so let’s go.
“He’s a big guy with an unbeaten record so you have to rate him a bit. He carries some power. You have to respect Heavyweight power, it only takes one punch.
“I’m not overlooking Browne, I’m focused on going to town on him. If I don’t knock him out, I will not be happy. The plan is to beat Browne and move closer to a World Title shot. Beating him should make me a mandatory challenger for a World Title – I’m highly ranked across the board, I’ll be a more than credible World Title challenger. I’ve been building my way up so we’re set for a big year.”
Australian Browne is a previous WBA “regular” heavyweight titleholder says he is confident mood, believing his power can prove to be the winning factor in the contest with himself and Whyte.
“I’m genuinely looking forward to coming over to the UK again and bashing Dillian,” said Browne. “If Helenius and Dereck Chisora hurt him, wait until he feels how I hit. I don’t like anything about him. He’s a loud mouth and I want to take his head off.
“I have absolutely no fears about coming to London and facing Dillian. After you go to Chechnya to fight, nothing else compares. I’ve fought in England five times already and love fighting there. I know if I stop Whyte impressively I’ll be getting another World title shot.”
What is most pleasing is that unlike supposed “grudge” match fights, this is a genuine one with no lost love between the pair. A lot is on offer in terms of plans and strategy for the rest of 2018, of which, the winner edges closer to a WBC world heavyweight title opportunity.