Former British Olympic boxer Anthony Fowler has predicted that Dillian Whyte will defeat Lucas Browne in their upcoming heavyweight bout later this month.
Fowler, cousin of former liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, is scheduled to return to the ring in just his fifth professional fight on the undercard of Whyte v Browne and has weighed in on how he thinks the fight will pan out.
The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympian is looking to extend his unbeaten career record to 5-0 and has shared his thoughts on who he thinks will be victorious in the main event, predicting that Whyte will win on points.
Talking exclusively to World Boxing News, Fowler said:
“I rate Dillian Whyte. I think he’s a very tough fighter and he’s got a lot of grit and a lot of power, but I think Lucas Browne is a very tough man.
“Browne beat Ruslan Chagaev in Russia and that was an impressive win, to be honest. Browne will be a handful but I think Whyte will be a bit sharper and a bit tougher and will win on points.”
Browne returns after nine months away from the ring and is looking to mark his comeback with style. Both men have engaged in a war of words during the build-up and will be looking to make their mark.
Both men have also promised to knock out their opponent, but Fowler sees the contest going the distance. When asked about the possibility of a knockout ending the fight, Fowler continued:
“No I don’t think so, they’ve both got very good chins and both are very tough men and I think Whyte is going to box clever and hopefully win on points.”
Fowler’s prediction comes as a surprise to many in boxing, with both Whyte and Browne known for their power-punching styles and given their respective records it would be expected that both men would be aiming to end the fight early.
Whyte has knocked out 16 of his 23 opponents, only losing on one occasion, to the current IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Browne meanwhile, is unbeaten in his professional career, knocking out 22 of his 25 opponents. Browne made history in 2016 by becoming the first Australian to win a world heavyweight belt after claiming the WBA title, but he lost it two months later after he was stripped following a failed drugs test.
This time out, the WBC silver belt will be on the line, as well as a potential shot at the WBC tile proper as a mandatory challenger. Both men will be desperate to get their hands on the belt and, more importantly, earn the bragging rights.