Big Daddy sets sights on Leapai
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.