LUCAS Browne currently cuts a figure of extreme frustration.
In a comical sequence of events, WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has continued to publicly chase a unification bout against IBF/WBA/IBO heavyweight ruler and divisional cash cow Anthony Joshua while a line of likely back-up opponents wait in earnest for an eventual decision.
At the front of that figurative line stands Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) who has spent four weeks training at Blacktown PCYC under head trainer Rodney Williams while his opponent – and potential fight date – continues to alternate. Browne was first slated to face undefeated prospect Sergey Kuzmin (11-0, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title on November 27th in Russia.
However, Browne has put pen to paper more recently, signing his side of a bout agreement to challenge Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) for his WBO heavyweight crown next year. But as early as this afternoon, Parker and his team have continued to rally for Joshua, staging a laughable press conference, showing highlights of Joshua’s vulnerable moments.
With the saga still seemingly far from over, Browne, 38, is forced to train without any confirmed date, which he admits is quite frustrating.
“Basically, I’m going to stop giving updates with what’s going on because I don’t know what the f*ck is going on,” said a candid Browne in a video released on his social media accounts.
“I’ve gone from – Parker will sign the contract one hundred percent – two weeks ago, to if he doesn’t you’ll fight (Dillian) Whyte, to he’s (Parker) signing again, we’ve got a contract, then back to he’s going to fight (Anthony) Joshua now and you might fight (Tony) Bellew now.”
“It’s frustrating,” he continued. “The frustrating thing about boxing isn’t the fighting – it’s the actual bullsh*t and politics – that goes on behind the scenes.”
“I’ve been away from my family for a month now already. I’ve been told it’s March, so another four months. This is basically where I’m at. I apologise for not having anything more solid, but I’ve got no idea with what the hell is going on.”