Though all the talk in the heavyweight division is Joshua Parker and the aftermath of Wilder Ortiz there is a lesser known fight going under the radar that has the potential to give more entertainment than all them. When Dillian Whyte 22 (16 KOs)-1 (1 KO)-0 agreed to fight unbeaten Australian Lucas Browne 25 (22 KOs)-0-0 for the WBC Silver Heavyweight title it was a fight that was hyped as much for the anticipation of a war as the clash of two top contenders.
Whyte, another polarising character in the heavyweight division is a fighter who seems to have had some trouble recently in building momentum for another title bid. He holds a high position with the WBC and has been very vocal in his willingness to step up and fight Wilder, but Wilder seems to have his sights set on Joshua and sees coming over to fight the Brixton man as hoop that he shouldn’t have to jump through. This is an unfortunate situation for Whyte because despite being as well known for his pre- fight antics as his moves inside the ring Whyte is a solid fighter on his day and can pose a problem for anyone. On first viewing he can sometimes look a little ungainly and uncoordinated but a decent jab combined with unusually long arms can make Dillian difficult to deal with at long range. Even Anthony Joshua had periods where he seemed a little bemused by the jab in their fight in 2015, but though no one can doubt his fighting heart, shown in a great tear up against Dereck Chisora, his emotional nature can sometimes lead himself down a path where he would be better off just sticking to the gameplan.
Whyte will need to be very wary of going toe to toe, because if he goes to war, as he said he will, he will be going straight into the gameplan of Lucas Browne. Browne is in no way the prettiest fighter around, standing at 6 foot 5 compared to Whyte’s 6 foot 4, there shouldn’t be a major difference in raw height come fight night, but there will be no doubt that Browne will be the physically stronger in the clinches and up close. Browne, unlike Whyte isn’t a fighter who works off the jab in a pure boxer’s sense, he uses the jab most effectively to gather data on his opponent and to back the opponent to the ropes where he can land big powerful hooks to the head. Former trainer Jeff Fenech stated that Browne hits harder with a single punch than Mike Tyson, and since he did previously train Tyson one has to assume that Browne’s punching power is no myth.
The fight will be most likely one or lost in ring geography, should Whyte keep it long for the first few rounds of the fight where Browne is at his most dangerous Whyte should have enough to pick up enough of the rounds to get a decision. However if Whyte does what he said he is going to do and plants his feet it really is playing into Browne’s hands. What will be most likely to happen is that Whyte will box for the first two or so rounds and once Browne gets some success all hell will break loose and from here it’s anyone’s game. Browne definitely has the power to knockout Whyte but Browne who has been dropped three times in his career, and heavily dropped in his biggest fight should be under no illusions that he can’t simply disregard Whyte’s power.
If I had to make a call I’d pick Whyte for a unanimous decision, however I could easily see knockdowns from both fighters in the 12 rounds, so though the fight may not grab the headlines as much as the other two heavyweight fights it shouldn’t be one lacking for drama.
Also on the card Lewis Ritson 14 (8 KOs)-0-0 takes on Scott Cardle 22 (7 KOs)-1 (0 KOs)-1 for the British Lightweight title and Frank Buglioni 21 (15 KOs)-2 (1 KO)-1 fights Callum Johnson 16 (11 KOs)-0-0 for the British Light- Heavyweight title.