This Saturday night at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, Dillian Whyte (22-1, 16KOs) takes on undefeated Australian Lucas Browne (25-0, 22KOs).
The 29-year-old from Brixton, London is currently ranked at number 2 in Britain and number 9 in the world. In 23 fights he has clocked up 104 rounds of boxing and has a 70% knockout ratio with a combined opponent record of 311-273-32.
Currently ranked as the No.1 contender for the WBC title ‘The Body Snatcher’ is hoping that victory will make him the front runner for a shot at Deontay Wilder this summer.
After turning pro in 2011 Whyte has lost only once to the current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Even though he was stopped in the seventh round he managed to put in a credible performance against AJ. He even became the first opponent to notably rock the undefeated king of the heavyweight division.
Since that defeat he won a unanimous decision over Dave Allen and made Ian Lewison retire in the tenth.
Dillian Whyte then beat Dereck Chisora by split decision in a twelve round war that got my domestic fight of the year in 2016. In the Londoner’s last performance we defeated Robert Helenius on points in a less eventful contest.
Standing at 6’ 4” Whyte gives his Australian opponent a 1 inch height advantage but has the slightly longer reach by an inch.
Lucas Browne is 9-years older than Whyte and has had only 1 fight since his return from a drug ban after winning the WBA title in Russia against Ruslan Chagaev in 2016.
Ranked at No.15 in the world ‘Big Daddy’ has a knockout ratio of 88% and has accumulated 117 rounds in 25 fights with a combined opponent record of 450-251-28.
The man from Sydney was the same age as Whyte, 29 when he turned pro in 2009. Within that time he has faced tough opposition, including veteran James Toney who he defeated by unanimous decision.
Browne recovered from a first round knockdown to beat Travis Walker who failed to emerge from his corner in the seventh round.
In a busy 2014; the Ozzy managed to knockout Eric Martel Bahoeli in round 5 after suffering from a cut to his left eye, win a unanimous decision against undefeated Ukrainian Andriy Rudenko, who was 24-0 at the time. Then he stopped experienced pro Chauncy Welliver in the fifth.
The 38-year-old has pretty much been inactive for two years and will need to draw on the performance he showed in Russia if he is to get anything from this fight on Saturday night.
Between the pair of them they have a combined record of 47 wins and 38 knockouts which indicates that it’s highly likely that someone will get stopped.
Personnlly I’m going against the grain here and I expect Whyte to come out victorious on points. I do think it will be an entertaining fight and it wouldn’t surprise me if one or both fighters hit the canvas at some point.
Whyte will look to incorporate his jab and feel his way into the fight for the first few rounds. It’s inevitable that someone will get caught which will open up the fight up into a bit of a slugfest. It could be a slow burner at first but I am expecting fireworks from the middle rounds onwards.
I do think that Browne’s long lay-off will have a part to play as well as the age-factor. Whyte has fought decent opposition during Browne’s suspension which gives the younger man an advantage going into the championship rounds.