Fight week has begun and the excitement and anticipation ramps up to another level. Dillian Whyte is the master of building a fight as he is very good at pissing people off. This fight is no different as Whyte and Browne have a genuine distaste towards each other.
After only taking up boxing in his late 20s, Lucas Browne became Australia’s first ever world heavyweight champion in 2016 only to have his title stripped following a failed drugs test. The ruling was eventually overturned only for Browne to fail a further drugs test later the same year. The 6ft 5 unbeaten Australian, known as Big Daddy, has a point to prove as he tries to win back a world title at the end of his career. Though at 38, he is running out of time for redemption.
The man in front of him has been rebuilding after a blockbuster showdown with Anthony Joshua ended with the first loss of his career. Dillian Whyte has been working his way up the rankings since then and 6 wins later he’s within touching distance of another world title fight. The victor will be next in line for the WBC belt held by Deontay Wilder although the American is likely to prefer the winner of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker. One things for sure, a win here would mean another shot at a title is just around the corner for Whyte.
9 years the junior of Browne, Whyte enters the ring as favourite with youth and energy on his side. The hometown fighter should also possess a skill advantage over the visitor and I expect a unanimous points victory for Whyte.
Tale of the tape…
Frank Buglioni v Callum Johnson
British light heavyweight title fight with defending champion Frank Buglioni aiming to retain his title for the third time. After beating two unbeaten fighters in his first two defenses Buglioni attempts to take the 0 from another in Callum Johnson.
Johnson is unbeaten in 16 professional fights and claimed the commonwealth title after an impressive knock out of Willbeforce Shihepo last time out. That was back in September 2016 so how sharp he shows up for this fight will determine the outcome. If he can get back up to speed quickly then he has the ability to become the new British Champion.
It’s a very close match up but I’m leaning towards a Johnson win.
Lewis Ritson v Scott Cardle
British lightweight title fight with former champion Scott Cardle attempting to win his title back from Lewis Ritson. The former disappointed when losing his belt to Robbie Barrett and Cardle then took it from Barrett with relative ease. Ritson has got his eyes on the European stage but needs to get past the former champ eager to prove the day he lost his title was an off day. I still see a Lewis Ritson successful defense.
Dereck Chisora v TBC
Another fighter who could entertain is Dereck Chisora. Dillian Whyte apparently texted his rival to offer a place on the undercard but an opponent has not yet been announced. Chisora usually offers explosive fights so it will be one to look out for.
Fight Week Schedule…