Big Daddy sets sights on Lea­pai

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - GRANTLEE KIEZA

THE big­gest all-Aus­tralian heavy­weight fight in a cen­tury is a step closer af­ter for­mer world cham­pion Lu­cas “Big Daddy” Browne beat giant Amer­i­can Julius Long in three rounds on the Gold Coast on Fri­day night.

The 195cm, 115kg Perth power-puncher says he is ready to fight for­mer Lo­gan truck driver Alex Lea­pai, who be­came the No.1 ranked world heavy­weight con­tender in 2014 be­fore los­ing to then world champ Wladimir Kl­itschko.

Lea­pai’s trainer Noel Thorn­berry says he is will­ing to pay Browne the $60,000 purse he is de­mand­ing for the big­gest all-Aussie heavy­weight match-up since Rich­mond Aus­tralian foot­ball player Bill Lang stopped Narrabri’s three­time world ti­tle chal­lenger Bill Squires at Bris­bane’s old Olympic Sta­dium in 1911.

Browne, 39, the for­mer WBA heavy­weight cham­pion scored win No. 26 from 27 starts and his 23rd KO when he landed a mas­sive right hand to drop the 216cm man moun­tain in the sixth round.

“I’m con­fi­dent I can knock out Alex Lea­pai, too, but it would be a great fight for Aussie boxing,’’ Browne said.

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