THERE is still a lot of fight left in Tommy Browne.
The boxer from Sydney’s southwest has experienced dizzying highs and disheartening lows during his near 16-year ring career but nothing could have prepared him for the death of his brother Davey.
Despite such tragedy, Browne (35-6-2, 13 KOs) is determined to fight on and faces Anthony Mundine on January 17th at Sydney’s The Star for a vacant WBO affiliated regional title at middleweight.
Browne contemplated giving the sport away when brother Davey tragically passed away after a twelfth round knockout back in September of 2015 but after a tough period of reflection he feels he still has more to accomplish in the sport.
“Yes it was on my mind for a while (giving up boxing) but I’m not satisfied with my career yet and I’ll know when it’s time,” Browne told Aus-Boxing.
Browne, a former two-time featherweight world title challenger couldn’t be happier about his next opponent and the opportunities that may come should he win. Mundine represents a chance for Browne to make himself a household name in Australia and he’s well aware that a win will undoubtedly elevate his career immeasurably.
The 34-year-old last fought in October, where he scored a respectable win over former WBC super featherweight titleholder Sirimongkol Singwancha in Singapore, where Browne exclusively competed in 2017. The likeable Browne is unbeaten in nine fights and hasn’t lost since falling to Lenny Zappavigna in 2008.
“This is the biggest fight for me right now in my career,” Browne says. “A win against a high profile name such as Anthony Mundine can open up bigger opportunities for even bigger fights.”
Mundine, 42, is still one of Australia’s most recognisable names in the sport of boxing and whilst his recent record suggests he’s a fighter on the decline, he figures to be the bigger man against Browne. Tactically though, Browne feels he will be too busy for the former super middleweight champion.
“I plan to outwork him in all areas. I need to take control from the sound of the bell in round one,” Browne said.
There’s no question that with 43 professional bouts under his belt that Browne has the experience to contend with his opponent but proving the old adage that you’re never too old to learn, Browne recently spent time training in the U.S. to sharpen up his skills.
“I spent two months in Vegas last year,” he said. “I was training between gyms, the Fight Capital Gym and Floyd Mayweather’s gym. The experience was amazing and I learnt a few things. Mostly worked on fine-tuning some of the things I already know but doing it right.”
“I gained a lot of confidence from both camps. There are a lot of hungry champions over there and I had some good sparring with them guys. I’ll take it all into my fight on January 17th.”
It’s testament to his courage and desire to succeed in the sport of boxing that Tommy continues to fight on after his family tragedy.
It’s clear that Browne still has a lot of fight left in him and he will need it when he tackles one of his toughest tests to date on Wednesday night.
Words: Dan Attias/Follow Dan on Twitter