STATEMENT ON BROWNE V CHAGAEV SITUATION

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STATEMENT ON BROWNE V CHAGAEV SITUATION

HATTON PROMOTIONS would like to clarify the situation regarding Lucas Browne's mandatory fight with WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev.

Lucas was made mandatory by an official notification of the WBA Championship Committee on the 24th February this year. However Chagaev's team explicitly stated that they wished their boxer to make an optional defence first on the 24th of April 2015 in Germany as they had a TV commitment confirmed for this specific date.

This was agreed on the basis that Lucas received financial compensation to “step aside”, with a view to the mandatory contest still happening this summer.

As it stands that optional defence has been delayed and is now mooted for June 27. Lucas is more than willing to face Chagaev at any time and claims online that he was unable to honour a May 22 date are untrue.

Lucas would love to be preparing for the opportunity to become Australia's first ever heavyweight world champion next month, but at this time it Chagaev's voluntary defence that is holding matters up.

Hatton Promotions will be making further contact with the WBA this week to clarity any next steps and establish whether a purse bid will be ordered for the eagerly anticipated Chagaev v Browne match-up

Photo credit : Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions

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-stormcentre :

Hmmmm. Even if it's not in Germany; a lot can happen in between a scheduled mandatory defence and an unscheduled optional defence. Now I can't prove this as it's only a gut feeling (please note the use of that sentence MMMRG; you can use it too :) ); but it is starting to sound like someone doesn't want their chops busted under the auspices of sanctioned violence; boxing. Browne is no technician but (based on what I have seen and been told which I admit may not always be 100% reliable) you almost need a sledgehammer to slow him down.