Three fights to push Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne back to the top

Three fights to push Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne back to the top

Hard-hitting Sydney heavyweight Lucas Browne travelled to London back in March aiming to beat home fighter Dillian Whyte in front of his own fans and push himself a step closer to a shot at the world heavyweight title.

Things didn't go according to plan for the 39-year-old from New South Wales, however, and the resulting defeat at the 02 Arena moved his professional record to 25-1-0, 22 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

The puncher dubbed 'Big Daddy' saw his short-term goals derailed but what must he do to push himself back into contention for major honours?

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Browne starts his recovery against little-known New Zealander Julius Long at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on September 28th and it's a bout he's expected to win at a canter with the man in the opposite corner bringing a rather uninspiring 18-20-0. The latest boxing odds have it as a bit of a mismatch.

If he fails to do as expected and pass that test, it's likely Lucas will have to call it a day and retire, a bitter taste left in his mouth that comes with going so near to genuine glory.

If he does win here's two more fighters Browne could beat to grab a short-cut back towards the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder…

Dave Allen would be the perfect opponent after seeing off Long and it's a bout that could surely be made before the end of the year. Not only would it be a great scalp to have on his record, it would also strengthen the Aussie scrapper's world ranking and give him a chance to head back to England and right a few wrongs.

The 'White Rhino' from Yorkshire boasts a record of 14 wins against four defeats and two draws with a pair of those losses coming inside the distance. Allen is as gutsy as they come but was stopped in seven by Luis Ortiz and 10 by Tony Yoka. He's a man that won't roll over easily but it's a winnable fight for Browne.

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Third in line, should Lucas do the business against Long and Allen, should really be Joseph Parker. A real step up in grade from the two mentioned above, but at 39 Browne can't afford to take his time; he must gamble and go for the big names as soon as possible.

Parker is the only man in the pro ranks to take Anthony Joshua the distance, but he has lost each of his last two, beaten on points by AJ and Dillian Whyte. There wouldn't be a better time to fight him with confidence sure to be low. The number one heavyweight out of New Zealand versus the top-ranked Australian, they'd certainly have no trouble selling out a major venue, making all concerned serious cash in the process.