LAST week British boxing icon Nigel Benn presented Australian heavyweight force Lucas Browne with his Fighter of the Year belt.
Browne, 35, had a standout year in 2014, being the only Australian to win a significant title fight abroad, while also becoming the first Australian heavyweight to win the Commonwealth title in over a century.
The Sydney-based heavyweight won a thrilling five round tussle with Eric Martel Bahoeli – the first of two wins in England – as well as giving the previously unbeaten Andriy Rudenko his first blemish as a professional.
“Lucas, It’s been a pleasure watching you over the years, you’ve just excelled yourself,” said Benn in the belt presentation to Lucas Browne. “I couldn’t give this belt to a better person than you,”
“You’re a humble guy, I remember walking around with you in Vegas at the WBC convention and you were like a kid at a candy store,”
“Just keep doing what you’re doing and I believe that you’re going to go from strength-to-strength and from glory-to-glory,”
A humble Browne echoed Benn’s sentiment, having nothing but kind words to say about the legendary Briton, who the WBC hail as the best ever super middleweight.
“We met over in Vegas at the WBC convention, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days working out in the gym with him and I’ve got nothing but nice things to say,” added Browne.
“It’s good to have someone like him to look at, he’s been there and done that and everything else,”
“One thing I don’t want to be is an arrogant big mouth and I’ve prided myself on being humble.”
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