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Browne is set to prove a hit

WA fighter Lucas Browne will take on Japan's Masatake Takehara at Richlands on Friday.
WA fighter Lucas Browne will take on Japan's Masatake Takehara at Richlands on Friday.

THE tattoo on his hand says "No Mercy."

The one on his stomach "I was born to do this".

At 196cm and 120kg, covered in tattoos, with maniacal eyes and a record of knocking people out, it is a wonder anyone is game to get in the ring with Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne.

On Friday night, Japan's number two-ranked heavyweight Masatake Takehara will.

They meet on the undercard of Anthony Fowler's Queensland heavyweight title defence against Kyle Brumby at Lions FC Stadium, Richlands.

Perth-based Browne is a former mixed martial arts fighter who turned to boxing three years ago with immediate success.

He has had 14 pro bouts, winning all, with 13 knockouts.

Amongst those wins was an Australian heavyweight title, which he only relinquished under controversial circumstances.

"It's going really well," he said of his preparation for Friday.

"I'm in one of the best shapes I've been in. I think I'm in the best condition of my life - power-wise and ability."

It means he is looking to make the most of what Browne knows is a limited time left in the game, given his relatively late start.

"I've got a Commonwealth fight next in mind," he said.

"I need a few more fights for experience to get my name out there a bit more."

Browne only began boxing in 2009 after a career in MMA.

"When I was fighting MMA, I never had the thought of wrestling or kicking in fights," he said.

"The two fights I did lose were against wrestlers and I just got dominated because I'm just not a wrestler. I was 31 at the time so I thought I'd better just stick to what I'm good at."

It has proved a wise decision with Browne yet to lose a professional boxing bout.

Despite that, he had his national title stripped from him when he refused to defend it.

There was good reason, according to Browne, with the circumstances seemingly typical of the dubious credibility of Australian boxing.

"I fought for the title for two-and-a-half grand," he said.

"I was offered to defend it for two grand. I said no so they basically took it off me."

Browne was only told of the insulting fee two hours before the fight - so he walked away.

He is now ranked the number two challenger in the country and is determined to regain the title before heading overseas to cash in on what he figures is five more years in boxing.

"Unfortunately the money just isn't in Australia," he said.

"Next year the Klitschkos are supposed to be retiring so that will really open up the heavyweight scene across the world. If I can get to 20 and 0 in the next year, I'll be ready for a world title."

LUCAS BROWNE: NO MERCY

Favourite TV show: True Blood

Pre-fight dinner: McDonalds

Sporting heroes: Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson.

Person you would least like to get stuck in an elevator with: Anthony Mundine. I wouldn't want to hear him talk.

Topics:  boxing



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