News: Lucas Browne; Billy Joe Saunders; Frankie Gavin
Former WBA Heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne continues on the comeback trail when he faces Junior Pati, the cousin of former Heavyweight contender David Tua. Browne and Pati will square off over 10 rounds at the AMI Netball Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.
It will be the first time the 6’5 Aussie KO artist has boxed in New Zealand, with many thinking it is a prelude to facing former WBO champion Joe Parker later in 2019. Browne last fought on September 28 when he obliterated Julius Long inside of three rounds, bringing his record to 26-1 (23 KO). His sole defeat was to Dillian Whyte in London in March of this year. Browne appeared in much better shape for his latest bout and will look to continue this heading into the fight with Pati.
“I’m trying to get some momentum going again after the Whyte fight. I’ve made some adjustments to my diet and training and my weight is coming down drastically. I will be going to Thailand for a training camp for this bout and despite Pati having a modest record, I’m going to be there to take his head off. I’m not taking him lightly,” said the former champion.
“We are excited to heading to New Zealand for this fight and Lucas intends to get the job done in emphatic style,” stated Browne’s manager, Matt Clark. “There’s been plenty of talk about facing Adam Kownacki, David Allen and those kind of guys in 2019, but first he needs to get past Pati”.
“I’m really looking forward to a big 2019,” continued Browne. “It is great to be fighting twice in the space of a couple of months, I haven’t done that for years. I can’t wait to fight in front of the Auckland fans, they’re in for a treat”.
WBO Statement on Billy Joe Saunders
WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq reacted on Billy Joe Saunders’ public comments regarding his world title status:
“B.J. Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO Middleweight Title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission’s anti-doping regulations”.
“Therefore, the clash between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa scheduled for October 20th will now be for the vacant World Crown”.
“Also, I will recommend to the WBO Executive Committee that Saunders receives a six month suspension for his transgression”.
No Planes; Just Trains, Ferry’s and Automobiles For Gavin
Frankie Gavin travelled by boat to Bilbao this week as preparation steps up ahead of his European Welterweight Title clash with Champion Kerman Lejerraga next month.
The former World Amateur Champion takes on hard-hitting Lejerraga at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 17th November and travelled to Spain for yesterday’s pre-fight press conference.
Despite travelling the world as an amateur, a ‘bad flight’ led to a fear of planes for the 33 year-old who travelled to the Basque Country by boat for the press conference and will repeat the feat fight week.
“Everyone knows I don’t like flying,” Gavin told bcb-promotions.com, who now manage the former British & Commonwealth Champion. “I had a bad flight and now I chose not to fly.
“It was fine anyway. I caught a train to Plymouth and then jumped on the ferry to Santander. It was an overnight crossing so I slept most of the time and then got picked up and brought to Bilbao. I’ve had a good few days with the team and learning about the region. I’d like to thank MGZ promotions, and in particular Inigo Hernandez, for their hospitality.”
Gavin set sail on Sunday, arriving on Monday before training Tuesday and Wednesday and returning home today.
“I met (stablemate) Brad Thomas out there and we trained together and pushed each other on. Errol (Johnson – Head of Boxing at BCB) and Brad flew out so I’ve had a couple of days of good training and got to meet Kerman for the first time at the press conference.
“There was mutual respect there.”
Gavin is under no illusions as to the task at hand. ‘The Revolver’, a Bilbao native, is unbeaten in 26 professional fights with 21 KO’s to his name. He’s stopped fellow Brits Bradley Skeete and Denton Vassell along the way and, although Gavin has also defeated the pair, the Brummie boxer is rightly wary of his opponent’s power.
“Kerman is a hard hitter,” he added. “He’s a tough lad. He likes to brawl and I know I’m up against it a bit. I’m not Denton Vassell or Bradley Skeete though. Bradley was out here last year and he froze a little. The atmosphere is intimidating but I’m prepared for that. It’s only me and Kerman in the ring and I know I’ve not got many chances left.
“However I have to get there; however I have to win, I’m bringing that European title back to the UK.”
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