Lucas Browne talks Ruslan Chagaev: “I know what to expect”

IN the midst of an European spring, Lucas Browne’s heavyweight title ambitions continue to flourish.

With only days remaining until he makes the lonely walk to the centre of a Grozny ring in the Chechen Republic, the undefeated Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) speaks with the unperturbed nature of a quietly confident challenger.

“I think it’s hitting home for everyone – including our team – that this is legit,” said Browne to Aus-Boxing.

“This is where it’s at and this is an actual world title and everything we’ve been working for. I think the Australian public have gotten behind me, one hundred percent, and I couldn’t be happier,”

“We’re here now, we’re at world title stage, it’s now time for everyone to do their job and look forward,”

Despite the approximate three-to-one odds, which clearly highlight the enormity of Browne’s title challenge, the Sydney resident is looking to show his doubters that he is an underdog that is willing to fight to the finish.

The numbers show that the heavily backed Chagaev has only lost to elite level operators in Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. But as Browne duly notes, little has changed in Chagaev’s modus operandi approach.

“I think his (Chagaev) strengths would have to be that he’s been there and done that. He is 37 years old and I’m 36, so it’s not so much an age thing. He’s had a great amateur background and he’s been in big fights,”

“Chagaev has only lost the two times – that’s all on his side – so he basically fights the same every time,”

“I know what to expect. I know what’s coming. I think it’s my fight to lose,”

The WBA regular heavyweight title stoush has secured the backing of pay-per-view outlet Main Event, the network that was notorious in building the profiles of both Anthony Mundine and Danny Green.

Browne admits that the support of the network is valued, but it is the public support that he needs most.

“I think it’s important for me to be getting the coverage that I’m getting. I think, especially when leaving Australia, I got all that coverage through Main Event and Fox. But the Australian public still need to buy the event.”

“I’m on it, but there’s no point having it if no one actually watches it,”

“I encourage people at home to buy it and be apart of the experience at the same time,”

For Browne, the opportunity to dethrone Ruslan Chagaev is one that has been both arduous and well earned. He cannot change the context, background or environment for his title challenge, but only the result.

With that in mind, the blue collar bruiser is hoping to rally the support of his home country for his biggest fight yet.

“This is Australian history. It’s our history and we’re all part of Australia,” he concluded.

“For those people who aren’t interested in boxing, it’s still history. It’s going to be an entertaining fight,”

“I realise its going to be early in the morning, but it’s going to be well and truly worth it.”

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