Klitschko to fight Browne instead of Joshua?

Will Klitschko actually fight for the WBA belt against Lucas Browne instead of Joshua? Who is Browne?
As cited by Boxing Scene, multiple sources are reporting that a potential fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Lucas Browne is being scheduled for December 10, at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg. It is also said to be for the vacant WBA heavyweight title.

This was further supported by Eddie Hearn, in an interview shown on Sky Sports News, October 20, in which he revealed that what would be the biggest fight in the world – Anthony Joshua versus Wladimir Klitschko – is being stalled by either the Klitschko camp opting to fight Lucas Browne, or the WBA wanting their higher ranked Lucas Browne to challenge for the belt.

What next for Joshua?
Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua

In any case, it doesn’t look as though Anthony Joshua will be getting his chance to fight for the vacant WBA and WBO titles against Wladimir Klitschko, or anyone else for that matter. There is a, however, still a chance that Joshua will be able to fight Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO belt, but those rumours have just began to resurface in light of the Klitschko fight being stalled.

So, let’s look at what Lucas Browne can bring to the ring, and why Wladimir Klitschko would opt to fight him over Anthony Joshua.

Would Klitschko obliterate Browne?
Wladimir Klitschko training

According to Fight News the undefeated Lucas Browne is ranked fifth in the WBA’s rankings. At 37-years-old, ‘Big Daddy’ Browne has a great record of 24-0-0 with 21 by way of knockout. On paper, the 6’5’’ Australian is a force to be reckoned with.

Then you look at his record, see who he’s fought, see where he’s struggled, and you question if Klitschko is even going to bother training for the fight. I mean, he obviously will, the Ukrainian is a model professional, but still, he should be able to swat him like you would a fly without wings.

In Browne’s most recent fight, against Ruslan Chagaev, pegged as the Aussie’s biggest fight yet, a real step up, he visibly struggled. Chagaev dominated large portions of the bout, getting in numerous good hits on Browne.

A great return hook from Browne put Chagaev to the canvas in the tenth round, to which the fleshy Uzbek was unable to recover from. Whilst Browne proved himself to be able to take a punch, have a big engine, and be able to comprehensively finish off an opponent, you get the sense that that was his peak.

Klitschko is other-worldly by comparison and shouldn’t have any difficulty in finding the win. Not only is he supremely better technically, but he’s also a lot fitter and far more experienced.

Could Browne upset the odds?
Lucas Browne vs Ruslan Chagaev

On paper, Klitschko would annihilate Lucas Browne, but we also though that his skills would be too much for Tyson Fury, who shocked the world and out-boxed the former holder of the WBA, WBC and IBF titles. Whilst Browne isn’t as talented as Fury, there does appear to be a loophole with Klitschko which can be exploited.

Fury found great success by keeping Klitschko at bay with his 85’’ reach, unfortunately for the Australian contender, his 77’’ reach is four down on Klitschko’s 81’’ stretch. Browne would have to shock the boxing world with an unexpectedly aggressive attack, hoping to shake up the 40-year-old Ukrainian early, whilst also being wary of Klitschko’s one-punch knockout ability.

In a recent Instagram response to Joshua’s old punching bag, Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne stated his desire to become the WBA champion, whilst also dismissing any potential fight with Whyte due to his low standing.