Lucas Browne Hoping for UK Fan Support When Facing Bahoeli

LUCAS ‘BIG DADDY’ BROWNE is hoping Sheffield fight fans get behind him when he faces Eric Martel Bahoeli this Saturday, despite him defeating one of the city’s favourite sons.

Browne, 35, set up his Commonwealth heavyweight shot by stopping the Steel City’s own Richard Towers in Hull last November, but believes he’ll have the support of the crowd at the Ponds Forge Arena.

The Aussie spent some time sparring at the famous Ingle gym in Wincobank during the summer of 2012 and has great amount of affection for Sheffield.

“The UK fans have always been awesome. They have always given me a warm welcome and I’ve very grateful for that,” Lucas, 19-0 (17 KOs), said.

“I didn’t spend too long in Sheffield last time, but I like the city and I found the people very friendly. I hope I can give them a performance to remember.

“Obviously, I beat Richard Towers, but we’ve remained friends and I don’t any of his fans bear a grudge against me. I hope as many people come out as possible and support me.”

Between them, Lucas and Bahoeli have scored 24 knockouts in just 32 fights so the conventional thinking is that their clash will end inside the distance.

However, Lucas says he’s more than happy to go 12 rounds with the tough French-Canadian if he has to.

“I’m not a fan of judges’ decisions, but I don’t mind having to go the distance,” he said. “I don’t go looking for knockouts, but this is heavyweight boxing and I can win a fight with one punch.

“I know Bahoeli is a big boy who likes to come forward and brawl. I’m not planning on giving him the chance to make it his fight, though.”

The show’s chief supporting contest sees Kazakhstan’s Zhanat Zhakiyanov challenge European bantamweight champion Karim Guerfi, while Sheffield’s own Adam Etches faces Felipe De La Paz Teniente for the vacant WBC youth middleweight crown. Also starring will be Ricky Hatton-trained prospects Adam Little and Kirill Relikh as well as Scott Jenkins, Leo D’Erlanger, Kash Ali and Dave Howe.

Matt Clarke on Lucas Browne : “Us Aussies Are Due for a Champion”

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MANAGER Matt Clark says Lucas Browne will attempt to end an Aussie jinx if he beats Richard Towers this Saturday.

The unbeaten heavyweight punchers clash in an eliminator for David Price’s Commonwealth strap in Hull and Clark believes his charge has the tools to end 121 years of hurt for the men from down under.

“It’s been a long time between drinks, as us Aussies say, since we’ve had a Commonwealth heavyweight champion. It was Peter Jackson in 1982, so we’re probably due one,” he explained.

“There’s been a few guys that have been over and challenged for the title. Bob Mirovic springs to mind as well as Kali Meehan and they came up short.

“We’re hoping to get the job done this Saturday night and then look to go one better than those guys.

“We’d definitely take the Price fight for Lucas because, whether it be over here or in Australia, it’d be a big fight and it’s one Lucas thinks he can win.”

Despite knowing that a shot at a major championship is potentially on the horizon, Clark is keen to point out that his team isn’t overlooking the challenge Towers poses.

The giant Sheffield man has come in for some criticism in the past 18 months, but comes into the fight with a perfect record and has spared some of the best big men on the planet.

“We don’t want to overlook this fight and we’re giving Richard Towers the utmost respect,” Clark said.

“Towers is 6ft 8in, he can crack, I think he’s got 11 knockouts from 14 wins and he’s fought some decent guys. He’s also quite tricky with that Ingle style.

“The Ingles have a list of champion a mile long and they do fight in a similar style. They can be quite awkward and Lucas could find it quite difficult until he closes the gap and when does it could be the end of the show.”

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Richard Towers: “I Respect Browne, But I’m Here to Demolish People”

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RICHARD TOWERS is determined to prove a point to British fight fans when he faces Australia’s Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne in Hull on Saturday night.

The giant Yorkshireman encountered some criticism after his June 2012 victory over awkward Frenchman Gregory Tony and has been out of the ring since.

During that time, Browne has boxed four times and turned himself into something of a fans’ favourite.

But Towers isn’t letting the doubters get to him and is relishing being the underdog for the first time in his career.

“People are overlooking me, but they don’t understand boxing,” he said.

“I’ve had a lot of criticism since the Gregory Tony fight, but I’m not in boxing to just keep fans happy, I’m in boxing to provide a solid future to my family

“You could say Lucas is the favourite. He’s got a better record than me and he’s got more knockouts, but he’s not stupid and he won’t be underestimate me. He knows I’m coming to have a fight.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and things have happened, but now it’s come to the point where we’re going to meet and I can’t wait.”

Despite not engaging in a paid fight for almost 17 months, Towers is adamant that he is free of ring rust. In the past few months he’s sparred a who’s who of top level heavyweights and he feels that will give him the edge.

“Since my last fight I’ve sparred Wladimir Klitschko for five weeks, I’ve sparred David Haye for six weeks, I’ve sparred Chisora, Pianeta and Mike Perez. I feel like I’ve picked bits up along the way and I’m ready to execute that now.

“My trainer Dom Ingle said to me ‘Richard, you’ve sparred with better boxers than most heavyweights have fought’. I know people can say it’s only sparring, but when you get in the ring with these guys it’s a fight. They try to take your head off and I’ve got to try and take their head off or I’d get sacked.

“I just hope I can take what I’ve learnt into this fight and come out victorious.

“I’ve got the utmost respect for Lucas but I’m in this sport to demolish people and that’s what I’m going to try and do. I’m going in that ring to fight a war.

“I hope I’m at my best, I hope Lucas is at his best and I hope it’s one hell of a fight. I’m not looking to play any games so let’s have it.”

Towers and Browne star on a big night of boxing televised live Sky Sports 2 from 8pm.

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