Heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne are set for a showdown on March 24 at the O2 Arena in London, and their press conference displayed a couple of guys who just don’t like each other very much.
Browne took issue with Whyte discussing Browne living with his mother:
“We generally just don’t like each other. There is nothing fake about anyone. An example would be, him coming out and trying to slate me about living in my mother’s house. At that time it was accurate. But I live with her, I was training in Sydney, so yes I was living in my mother’s house.
“He made it out as if, the actual words were he’s a pizza driver, he’s got no money so he’s living with his mother. If that’s what he likes to do, he likes to be a 13-year-old child, that’s him.”
Browne (25-0, 22 KO) pointed to his power as the reason he’ll win the fight, and the reason he’s dangerous against anyone in the sport.
But Whyte (22-1, 16 KO) isn’t convinced:
“We’ve been chasing Lucas Browne for a long time, when he was supposedly WBA champion of the world. I offered to fight him, he said no I’m not ranked, no he’s not going to fight me. Go and do it the hard way like he did. You didn’t do it the hard way mate. What’s the hard way?”
“Lucas Browne hasn’t got no way of stopping me. He doesn’t throw combinations and he’s old and slow. All he’s got is power. I’m younger, fresher and have got power and skills.”
While Whyte-Browne isn’t exactly a Wilder-Ortiz or Joshua-Parker level fight, it should be a fun brawl between two guys who come to fight, and on that level — plus the fact that the winner will be in the mix for a world title fight — it’s one worth looking forward to seeing. Hopefully the bad blood will remain.