Daunting mission for Japanese challenger

DESPITE his appearance, which has people looking the other way for fear of making eye contact, Lucas Browne is well spoken and polite.

But he is also well aware of the effect his physical appearance has on people, including his opponents.

It is an advantage he is happy to put to good use.

"The fight can be won or lost before a punch is thrown," he said.

"It can be very daunting I expect."

How his opponent on Friday, Japan's Masatake Takehara, responds remains to be seen, but Browne respects his record.

"He's ranked number two in Japan so he's up there," Browne said.

"He's had seven wins and seven losses with two or three draws.

"But two of those draws were against Alex Leapai, the current Australian heavyweight champion and Peter Cronje, who is a very good cruiserweight.

"They're two great fighters so it shows he does have some talent."

Browne's respect only extends so far, however, and he is confident he can continue his impressive record of knockouts.

"Everything starts with the jab," he said of his plan for the fight.

"So I'll stay away and see how he reacts to that. Then when I get a chance, I'll throw a power right and see how he goes from there."

Topics:  boxing

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