Knockout artist Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is threatening to run British boxing’s top heavyweights out of town.
The unbeaten Australian heavyweight champion - who has knocked out ten of his 11 victims - is teaming up with Hatton Promotions, and boxes on their card at Oldham Sports Centre, on Saturday April 21.
Browne, 32, tackles Melton Mowbray’s Paul Butlin over six rounds on the bill topped by Anthony Crolla’s British lightweight title defence against Derry Mathews.
Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton contacted Browne’s team after his recent stoppage of Colin Wilson to win the Aussie crown.
Browne said: "That fight for the Australian title really made people sit up and take notice. I feel like I’ve only just begun to realise my potential and I’m improving all the time. The best is definitely yet to come. I’ve left no stone unturned in my preparation for this fight. I have been sparring with Pieter Cronje, Mark De Mori and Grant Horwood.
"I realise that this next fight is easily the biggest of my career and I intend to make a statement. I’m hoping that any Aussie fight fans in northern England will come and support me.
"Of course, I intend on winning over some new fans while I’m there too. I think the English fans will enjoy my style.”
Other Contests: Jon Lewis Dickinson v Matty Askin (10x3 cruiserweight), Stephen Foster Jr v Selected Opponent (6x3 super-featherweight), Jazza Dickins v Yuri Voronin (6x3 super-bantamweight), Lucas Brown v Paul Butlin (6 rounds heavyweight), Adam Little v Chris Jenkinson (6x3 welterweight), Tommy Stubbs v Selected Opponent (4x3 bantamweight), Ryan Doyle v Selected Opponent (4x3 featherweight).
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets are on sale. They are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling the Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com