Lucas Browne talks Rudenko win, future fights and more

LUCAS Browne was forced to go the twelve round distance for only the third time in his professional career, fighting a highly entertaining tussle with the durable and iron-jawed Andriy Rudenko from the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton last weekend.

With the harder than expected victory now consumed, as well as the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight strap, Browne (now 21-0, 18 KOs) can look forward to bigger fights as he makes his steady rise up the heavyweight rankings.

“He was very tough, in all honesty, I threw everything at him,” said Browne in his post-fight interview with Hatton Boxing. “I’ve got a few sore hands and a scrape over the knuckle too.”

“From my end in terms of performance, I’m very disappointed in regards to my fitness. I was standing there too much and I was copping way too much shots as you could tell by my face.”

“There wasn’t enough movement or shots coming back from my end. It was a good stepping stone and learning fight for me. At least this way, I know what it feels like to go through a war like that – I was overheating the whole time – and it’s definitely rectified things for the future.”

Browne, 35, responded well to both a number of head clashes as well as minor cuts throughout the fight, digging deep to land the clearly harder blows of the two, despite being outworked by the previously unbeaten Rudenko (now 24-1, 16 KOs) in some rounds.

The reigning Commonwealth champion revealed after the fight that he saw the twelve round battle as a blessing, given the relative ease he has had disposing of recent opponents.

“I think it’s definitely a blessing in disguise. It’s not something I wanted to go through and I’m definitely feeling the pain of it now, but it’s all a learning experience and it is what it is.” Browne explained. “I caught him with some nice ones, especially a nice little uppercut and all sorts of stuff and he still sat there and looked at me. It’s just one of those things apparently and he’s got a head like a brick.”

Browne sees the Rudenko win as a stepping stone to bigger fights, admitting that he isn’t quite ready for what could be an inevitable title at the heavyweight championship, but thinks he isn’t too far off becoming the second ever Australian to travel for a version of the coveted world title.

“I think another two or three fights, I’ve definitely got things to work on. I’m not gonna just say I’m ready for a world title,” he continued. “Me judging myself on that last performance, I don’t think I am. I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and make sure everything is right from start to finish.”

“All the little things, tweaks and my fitness as well. There’s still things I need to work on, so I personally think two or three more fights, at least, before that time.”

With there being somewhat of a log jam in terms of lucrative opponents of title contenders, with outspoken and enigmatic contender Tyson Fury contractually obliged to fight Derek Chisora later in the year, as well as Bryant Jennings and Deontay Wilder all having their next fights all but secured, Browne’s next opponent could be a domestic one, most notably a mouth watering clash with Alex Leapai.

“Definitely, someone like Leapai, that’s a nice domestic one that needs to be sorted out. Even Chisora or someone like that, I think Chisora would be a major test for me, just to know exactly where I’m at. Something like that I’d definitely like.”

Ricky Hatton, Browne’s promoter, had a different tune when he was quizzed about the next opponent for his charge. Hatton liked the possibility of Browne challenging the recently crowned Ruslan Chagaev, who holds the laughable regular version of the WBA heavyweight title or domestic fights against Alex Leapai or even Joseph Parker.

“He defended his WBC belt and his added a WBA belt so his rankings will continue to go up.” said Hatton post-fight.

“Depending where he goes in the WBA rankings, I’d like to make a fight with Chagaev, I think that’d be a great fight for him. Chagaev will stand in front of Lucas so obviously Lucas would have a great chance in that fight. But we’ll see what comes about.”

“There’s good fights in Australia with Alex Leapai and there’s another good guy from New Zealand whose unbeaten and a good up and comer, there’s lots of opportunities out. We’ll let the big man have a rest, and let his cuts heal.”

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