INTEREST in a heavyweight collision between Lucas Browne and Dillian Whyte continues to grow.
Sky Sports boxing commentator and former WBO cruiserweight ruler Johnny Nelson is the latest industry expert to endorse a fight between long-feuding rivals Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) and Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs), who holds mandatory status for the WBC heavyweight title held by Deontay Wilder.
The 51-year-old Nelson recently penned a column for Sky Sports, where he highlighted the importance behind having the highly speculated fight finalised, given the current landscape of the heavyweight division. With titleholders Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker almost certain to meet, Whyte is now left searching for a meaningful fight.
“Dillian is still trying to establish who he is and where he stands among his heavyweight rivals, and Browne is a good step towards doing that,” said Nelson. “I do like this fight, it’s going to be intriguing. Dillian needs that bit of needle with Browne.”
“He doesn’t want his opponents to stay cool, calm and calculated. He fights on emotion.”
— Lucas Browne (@lucasBrowne) December 30, 2017
Whyte, 29, last fought in October, where he failed to impress at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, outscoring Robert Helenius over twelve relatively uneventful rounds. Nelson believes that Whyte is fuelled by sentiment, and needs to be emotionally invested in a fight to produce his best form.
For that reason, a fight between Whyte and Browne makes all the more sense to Nelson.
“That’s when he produces his best, that’s when he’s at his strongest, and most dangerous,” he added. “At this moment in time, nobody has been able to beat him, apart from Anthony Joshua, and that’s because he had the punch-power to do it, but it was another emotion-fuelled fight.
“Browne has bought into the fight, he’s bit, and he’s now emotionally involved,” he concluded. “That will play perfectly into Dillian’s hands.”
“It’s got to be an entertaining fight, because they will not box and move, they are going to be two bulls in a china shop. I know Dillian wants this fight. Career-wise for Lucas it will be the best path for him, because what other path is there?”