Australian heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne, who won a version of the WBA title with an heroic upset stoppage win over Ruslan Chagaev back in March, has been stripped of the title and banned for six months. Fans may have read about how Browne tested positive for the weight loss aid Clenbuterol shortly after his big win and now, added to his A sample coming up positive, Browne’s B sample, released yesterday, also tested positive. The WBA have now stripped Browne and returned the belt to Chagaev, who has 120 days in which to negotiate a defence against Fres Oquendo; a man he has already out-pointed.
Statement by Lucas Browne: I made clear to the public last week that I intended to do all that I can to clear my name after the devastating news of the positive drug test following my successful defeat of Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA Heavyweight World Championship.
I am now able to report to you that on February 29th shortly after having arrived in Chechnya I was subjected to a randomly timed drug test by VADA. This was a test of blood and urine. The post fight test was a urine only test. I would like to again stress it was myself and my team who requested the bout be subject to VADA testing.
In a surprisingly entertaining heavyweight battle, Australian slugger Lucas Browne scored a big upset win in stopping defending WBA champ Ruslan Chagaev in the 10th-round in Grozny, Russia. Browne, who had been wobbled in the 5th and heavily decked himself in the 6th, came back to pull out a right hand from nowhere which dropped the durable if aging Chagaev in round-ten.
Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) showed that he’s not someone you take lightly at any point in his fights, as he came back late in this fight to stop WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) by a 10th round knockout to win his WBA belt at the Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia.
Chagaev, 37, showed little respect for Browne’s punching power in the fight. He was constantly putting pressure on the bigger, stronger and slightly younger 36-year-old Browne. Chagaev made a mistake of backing Browne to the corner in the 10th, resulting in the big Australian reaching back and hammering him with a huge right hand that sent Chagaev straight to the canvas. The punch was so power that even when Chagaev got to his feet, he was unsteady unable to protect himself or fight back. Referee Stanley Christodoulou wasn’t going to take any chances by letting the fight continue.
The heavyweight division could see another shakeup tonight if Lucas Browne dethrones WBA World Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya, exclusively live tonight on BoxNation.
Syndney’s hard-hitting Browne, a big favourite with BoxNation viewers’ in the UK, aims to make history and become Australia’s first ever world heavyweight champion and progress into the next stage of the WBA’s title reshuffle tournament to define one world champion in the organisation.
LUCAS BROWNE: “I HAVE 24 MILLION AUSSIES BEHIND ME”
LUCAS BROWNE believes he’ll have a whole nation supporting him when he steps into the ring to face WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny on Saturday night (March 5).
While there will be few Australians to cheer him on in the arena this weekend, Browne feels everyone in his homeland will be turning on their TV sets and hoping for him to make history.
LUCAS BROWNE has been smashing his sparring partners in preparation for his March 5 WBA heavyweight title challenge against Ruslan Chagaev.
The Aussie has shared the ring with a variety of boxers in order to be at his best and few have been able to mix it with him for too long.
Earlier this week, Browne took part in an opening sparring session in front of the media, and most scribes went away believing they had seen a man on fire.
He’s fighting for a slice of the heavyweight title and it means the world to him. Australian slugger Lucan Browne will face veteran Ruslan Chagaev for a portion of the WBA crown on March 5th, and legendary ex-champions Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe and Hasim Rahman have been giving the raw puncher known as “Big Daddy” (Bowe’s nickname back in the day, one Riddick says he is proud to pass on to Browne) advice and encouragement.
Holmes, a true great who is recognised by most people as having the finest left jab in heavyweight history, has taken it upon himself to try and instruct Browne on how to use his own jab.