LUCAS "BIG DADDY" BROWNE will put friendship to one side
when he takes on England's Richard Towers in December.
The pair in meet in a clash between unbeaten heavyweights in Hong
Kong, which will see the victor earn the right to box for the
But there won't be any animosity in the build-up.
"Richard and I spent some time together training and sparring and
we got along like best mates," Browne explained.
"It's a shame that one of us will end up with a loss after this
fight because of the other person, but at the same time it's
business and I'm sure it's not going to affect the
Currently the Commonwealth strap is held by another undefeated
Brit in the shape of 6ft 8ins David Price.
And that's a fight which Lucas would welcome somewhere down the
line, providing he can get past Towers.
He said: "David Price is a class act and yes of course it's a
fight I would love to have with a little more experience under my
"A victory for me will put me on more people's radars and just be
a massive step towards the dream that I going as far as I can in
Lucas' last two fights have seen him score knockout victories in
the UK and one onlooker who was particularly impressed was former
four-time world champion Ricky Hatton.
Hatton has signed the Perth man to the new Asia-Pacific arm of his
promotions outfit and it is that firm which will stage the fight
"As you can imagine hooking up with Hatton is an awesome
opportunity and something that a lot of fighters would love to be
involved in," Lucas said.
"I'm very happy and appreciative to be able to associate myself
with the team. I just hope to keep getting better and fitter so I
can do everyone proud.
He added: "It's always a great feeling to receive praise for all
the hard work that's put in at the gym, and all the effort that
goes into boxing, but to get it from such a well-established
fighter like Ricky is really special."
Ricky Hatton said of the Browne-Towers match-up: "I feel very
proud to be involved in this fight and I feel it says a lot about
Hatton Promotions that we're putting on this event, our first
promotion in Hong Kong.
"Here we have two high flying and unbeaten heavyweights. Both are
at similar stages in their careers and have a similar number of
fights, but now they have an opportunity to catapult their way into
the world rankings.
"Richard Towers, who I speak extremely highly of, needs to bounce
back after a few rocky moments in his last outing, although it's a
"As for Lucas, people are talking about this man now as a world
class puncher so it's a great opportunity for both boxers on a
Hatton added: "Hopefully this will be the first of many promotions
that I will be proudly staging with my co-promoters Jarvis Lau and