Matt Clark: “Nigel Benn Will Bring Out the Blood & Guts Warrior In Lucas Browne”

LUCAS BROWNE cannot wait to begin working with legendary former world champion Nigel Benn and experienced trainer Rodney Williams.
“Big Daddy” is currently from a hand injury sustained in his fight with Julius Long last month but will join up with the pair in Blacktown, New South Wales in the coming weeks.
Browne is the current mandatory challenger for Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA crown and believes Benn and Williams are the right men to help him become Australia’s first ever world heavyweight champion.
“My hand is still in a cast, but I can’t wait to get in there and work with Nigel and Rodney,” Lucas, 23-0 (20 KOs), said. “I watched Nigel train yesterday and I was really impressed with him and what Rodney was showing him. 
“I’m sure that fight fans in the UK and Ireland will be excited about Nigel training me and bringing out the beast! He was always in exciting fights and always in tip-top shape. 
“I’m the mandatory contender for the winner of Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo and I know that I need to ramp it up to get my hands on that WBA belt. I know that Rodney and Nigel have a lot of blood, sweat and pain installed for me but I need that so on fight night I know I’m the superior boxer in there.”
Lucas is moving back to Perth to be closer to his family, but will return to New South Wales for full training camps ahead of his fights.
Matt Clark, Browne’s manager, stated: “I’m genuinely excited about Big Daddy teaming up with Nigel and Rodney at the Blacktown Police Citizens Youth Club. Both have told me that they intend to get the best out of Lucas Browne and transfer some of the things he can do in training and sparring, into the ring on fight night. They want to bring back that explosiveness that we all know he possesses. 
“Nigel Benn was the ultimate blood and guts warrior and he wants to further instil that mentality into Lucas. That ferocity and hunger that Lucas already possesses is going to be ramped up by Nigel and Rodney.
“Rodney Williams is an excellent technical trainer and I’m looking forward to him teaching Lucas some new tricks.”

Nigel Benn and Rodney Williams Selected to Guide Lucas Browne to World Title



FORMER two-time world champion Nigel Benn and experienced Aussie Rodney Williams have been selected as the men to guide Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne to world title glory.
Browne, who is the mandatory challenger to WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev, had been working with the legendary Jeff Fenech, but now feels his style is better suited to Benn and Williams’s methods.
Williams has trained some of Australia’s best upcoming talents in recent years while Benn really needs no introduction to fight fans across the world.
Nicknamed ‘The Dark Destroyer’, Benn was one of the world’s most feared middleweight and super-middleweights in the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s.
Famed for his all-action style, the Londoner was a devastating puncher and won the WBO crown at middleweight by knocking out Doug DeWitt in 1990 before adding the WBC 168lb title to his collection by halting Mauro Galvano two years later.
Benn is also close friend of Ricky Hatton and called the Hitman for his views before agreeing to train the heavy-hitting Aussie.
“Can Lucas become a champion? Absolutely!” Benn said. “He has the potential to go all the way.
“He is a big old boy, he can hit hard and has natural ability and talent. He has good movement and we would love to help him to do the things he hasn’t done before so he can walk through his opponents. I want him to do things that heavyweights can’t do.
“Lucas has a vision and I know Rodney and I can help him to achieve his goals. I believe Lucas Browne will become Australia’s first heavyweight champion of the world.”
Rodney Williams added: “Undoubtedly Lucas Browne can become the next heavyweight champ. I see the potential he has and I’m looking forward to working with him to use and abuse the athleticism of a man of his size.
“I relish the opportunity to help the man mountain make Australian boxing history.”

Ricky Hatton: “If Flanagan Pulls Off the Upset, I’ll Happily Give him my ‘Hitman’ Moniker.”



Manchester’s original Hitman Ricky Hatton says Terry Flanagan will be crowned the new Hitman if he takes down KO king Jose Zepeda on Saturday 11th July at the Manchester Velodrome.

The British boxing legend is backing Flanagan to emerge victorious in his showdown with the American in the tenth anniversary year of his own sensational victory against then pound-for-pound best Kostya Tszyu.

Unbeaten Flanagan faces the biggest test of his career when he takes on undefeated Zepeda, who’s knocked out 20 of his 23 opponents and 16 of them coming inside three rounds, with the Vacant WBO Lightweight title on the line.

Hatton says he was the underdog against Tszyu, as is Flanagan against Zepeda, but he’s backing Flanagan to pull of an incredible upset and is comparing it Joe Calzaghe’s legendary performance against Jeff Lacy in Manchester.

“Terry is a tremendous fighter and nothing would make me prouder than to see him become world champion in Manchester next month,” Said Hatton.

“Terry is a local lad, he’s come up the hard way and worked his way to the world title and to see him win would be a fantastic success story for Manchester and British boxing,”

“His fight against Zepeda is almost 10 years to the month from my great win over Tszyu, who at the time was a pound-for-pound great, and Terry has to overcome a massive puncher in Zepeda to achieve his dream,”

“You can compare this fight to Joe Calzaghe against Jeff Lacy when they fought in Manchester. Joe was facing a wrecking-machine in Lacy who at the time was the next big thing in boxing and was knocking everybody out. But look what a master boxer like Joe did to him, he took him to pieces. When I look at Zepeda’s record I can see the list of big knockouts, there’s no doubt he can punch, but I don’t see a defining name on there, and to me, Terry is a class boxer,”

“Frank Warren, like he did with me against Tszyu, has got Terry all the advantages, he’s got the world title for him in his home city and with his home fans he can really pull this off and be crowned world champion and if he does that then I’ll happily give him my ‘Hitman’ tag.”

Hatton will be sitting at ringside for Flanagan’s fight against Zepeda and joked that he won’t be slipping in like Flanagan did at his hero’s fight against Tszyu.

And it will also bring back memories for Hatton who fought at the Manchester Velodrome in 2001 in the first defence of his WBU Light-Welterweight title, stopping Jason Rowland in four thrilling rounds.

Hatton added, “I’m only reading now that Terry slipped into ringside for my fight against Tszyu. Can you believe that! I wish I had the balls to do that when I was his age when I went to watch Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank at Old Trafford and they were like dots in the horizon!”

“I can’t wait to watch Terry in action at the Velodrome. It will be like déjà vu for me from all those years ago from my fight against Rowland. That was another incredible night in Manchester and it was the beginnings of the big fight nights in the city and I believe that a great win from Terry will do the same for him.”

Flanagan-Zepeda headlines a sensational line-up on the show that features Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler, the Former IBF World Bantamweight Champion, who makes his highly-anticipated comeback; exciting Cromer talent Liam Walsh defends his British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles against mandatory challenger Troy James; Chorley ace Jack Catterall makes the second defence of his WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title as he marks himself as one of Britain’s hottest young talents.

An action-packed undercard features top talents Alexander Ustinov, Tom Stalker, Adrian Gonzalez, Steven Lewis, Ronnie Heffron, Joe Costello, McCaulay McGowan, Andrew Cain and Kallum De’Ath.

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