With the announcement that heavyweight contenders Dillian ‘The Bodysnatcher’ Whyte and Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne are to square off at London’s 02 Arena on March 24th, fans are preparing themselves for an intense build-up.
The dislike between the pair is apparent with insults being traded over social media for a long time now being combined with a fiery press conference in which both men held little back.
Both men know just how much is on the line for them with a world title shot seemingly looming for the winner.
Aged 29 from Brixton, London, Dillian Whyte holds a 22-1 professional record containing 16 wins by way of knockout. He is a volatile, proud man who refuses to let others talk him down and often builds a real dislike for his opponents.
His fight with Chisora is famed for its pre-fight antics with tables flying, and plenty of trash-talking. Thankfully the fight itself more than lived up to expectations with a fight of the year contender being produced.
Whyte’s main rise to prominence started in 2015 when he faced off with long-term rival Anthony Joshua for the British Title. The pair engaged the highly lucrative casual fan market with their rivalry and produced a fantastic spectacle for fans.
Whyte was dominated in the first round before being hit after the bell and losing the plot. He went after Joshua and almost hit the referee. The ring became a scene of chaos with the respective camps jumping in.
Whyte was to wobble Joshua badly in the fight but failed to capitalise on his chance and would ultimately suffer a knockout defeat in the second half of the fight.
Whyte came into the fight with a shoulder concern which turned into a serious injury in the fight and required surgery. He has since changed trainers and joined forces with Mark Tibbs and built his way back up with victories over the likes of Dave Allen, Ian Lewison, Dereck Chisora and Robert Helenius.
He is now rated as the number one challenger by the WBC and is targeting a fight with champion Deontay Wilder. The fight has so far been difficult to negotiate and Whyte has decided that he needs to face top-level opposition and cannot just sit around and wait for Wilder.
In 38 year old Australian, Lucas Browne, Whyte certainly has a tough test ahead of him. Browne holds an undefeated 25-0 professional record with 22 wins by way of knockout.
He is a huge-hitting, durable fighter who is determined to put the troubles of the last couple of years behind him. He has faced suspension from the sport due to failed drug tests in scenarios that seem far from straightforward.
Browne is well known to British fight fans as he has fought in England a number of times. He is very active on social media and has a number of fans in Britain as a result, with him claiming that he gets messages asking him to knock out Whyte from Brits every day.
Browne’s biggest fight to date is without a doubt against Ruslan Chagaev in 2016. Browne travelled to Russia to challenge for the WBA Regular World Title and walked away victorious is an intriguing contest.
Up until this fight, Browne was just seen as a bit of a hard-hitting plodder who comes forward eating punches in order to land his own heavy shots. Against Chagaev he tried to be more mobile and show that he does possess him some boxing skills.
Browne fought back from a knockdown and looking as though he was there for the taking to claim a shock knockout win.
It is since this win that things have gone wrong for Browne with the bans keeping him out of the sport. He has only fought once since this win against Mathew Greer and will be determined to make up for lost time against Whyte.
In terms of breaking down Whyte versus Browne, it looks as if a fan-friendly fight should result. Both men like to come forward and put their opponent under pressure.
Out of the two, you would have to say that Whyte is the more complete boxer who is capable of using his technical skills to outbox an opponent. Whyte will be confident that he can land his jab at will on a rather stationary Browne and slowly break him down.
Browne will as ever look to land his huge right hand when he can and believes that he will have what it takes to stop the Brit inside the distance. He knows that he will likely have to take a lot of shots to land his own but he is quite used to that and has a very good chin.
Dillian Whyte is expected to come through this fight successfully as he is the younger, more technically gifted fighter who knows that a win could mean a world title shot at either Wilder or even a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
With the durability of men well known a decision win in favour of Whyte looks the most likely outcome but you cannot write off Browne who has the one-punch power to end a fight.