WBA Heavyweight Title Fight – Browne and Chagaev Odds and Weights

Browne and Chagaev Odds – The WBA World Heavyweight title bout is set, as both Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas Browne made it official by weighing in this afternoon in Grozny. Their twelve round bout for Chagaev’s WBA belt is Saturday, March 5th.

Chagaev, a 5’10” bulldog of a heavyweight, weighed in at 248.4 pounds. Browne stands 6’5″ and seeing the two men together plainly shows the seven inch difference.  On the scales however, both men are virtually the same as Browne checked in at an official 249.3 pounds.

The odds for the fight are competitive, as the sport books are giving a slight edge to the hometown fighter Chagaev. The odds immediately after the weigh-ins stood as follows:

Lucas Browne +180
Ruslan Chagaev -220

 

Browne and Chagaev Odds

Some may find value in the hard hitting, undefeated Australian, whose record stands at 23-0 with 20 KOs. He has been the mandatory challenger for the belt Chagaev won back in July of 2014. Chagaev won the belt on a narrow majority decision in a fight against Fres Oquendo that also happened in Grozny, and then he was away from the ring for a year. He returned to face Italy’s Francesco Pianeta in July of last year, avoiding Browne. Chagaev then signed to face Oquendo in a re-match. When that fell apart, Browne was still standing and waiting. The motivation is high for Browne not only on a personal level, but a win will see him become Australia’s first ever World Heavyweight champion. It is worthy to note that Browne has never come in under 250 lbs for a fight like he has this one, indicating he is in shape.

Check out this Boxing Channel video where analyst Ray Flores reviews the Chagaev vs Browne match-up, in-depth.

Chagaev however, is fighting on his home turf, and at 34-2-1 over his long career, he has only lost to elite fighters Alexander Povetkin and Wladimir Klitschko. He is a bit of an unknown in the west, as he has not fought west of Germany since 2003.

After Klitschko and Povetkin, there is a drop off in level of competition for Chagaev, and Browne is probably more dangerous than the likes of England’s Michael Sprott, Carl Davis of Costa Rica or Aussie Kali Meehan.

Though the match is in far off Grozny, Russia the winner will own a “regular” version of the WBA World Title, with Tyson Fury holding the “Super” World title and Cuba’s Luis Ortiz owning an “interim” version, putting them firmly on the world scene in the Heavyweight division.

COMMENTS

-Bernie Campbell :

You know come to think about it the fight between Povetkin and Wilder isn't all that, its not exactly Foreman Ali that the powers that be would like you to think. Povetkin is a marginal Hvwt. He didn't exactly go after fights with Haye and Adamek. He narrowly beat Chagaev, Chambers, and Huck. He was embarresd by Klitschko in Moscow. And lets face it Wilder's just a chump. Mariush Wach beats Wilder on any given day.


-miguel1 :

Nothing is really all that anymore. I respect what your saying about Povetkin, you have good points, my reference was generally to him being the number 2 guy in the divisional rankings for a long time.


-miguel1 :

Stormie - I just want you to know I have made a VERY substantial bet on Brownie for today. LOL, I had $30 in an account and I tossed it in on him, but still. I am backing your boy!


-Skibbz :

There are velvet couches ringside at the fight... When's Putin arriving?


-Skibbz :

And must say Grozny... THE formerly ravaged Grozny.... putting on a good show..


-miguel1 :

Yep they rebuilt the center of town it seems. It looks modern, no longer has that 1970s Sovet pre-fab gloom.....


-Skibbz :

Must say I enjoyed that fight.. Nice to see Kadyrov ringside too..


-Skibbz :

Also Kostya sat next to Kadyrov?? Nice to see!!!


-Skibbz :

Then you realise everyone's wearing a shirt with Kadyrov's gym...


-Skibbz :

Kadyrov given an honorary IBO Belt.


-Skibbz :

This gonna end very nastily for Browne...


-deepwater2 :

This gonna end very nastily for Browne...
At work, can't watch it. Is the big guy too stiff and just a punching bag?


-Skibbz :

What a punch! Experienced ref was half wary of stopping it until he saw the brain damage that was about to happen...


-Skibbz :

At work, can't watch it. Is the big guy too stiff and just a punching bag?
He was until he finished the job, caught Chagaev square and boom he tumbled!!!


-Skibbz :

At work, can't watch it. Is the big guy too stiff and just a punching bag?
Chagaev got up and Browne clubbed right hook after hook until Ruslan was sagging on the ropes!


-Domenic :

Lucas Browne! I'd never heard of the AWE network, but have it and watched this thing and it was a very entertaining fight. Browne looked all but done earlier after being knocked down and barely surviving the round, but he hung in and landed a shot a few rounds later on Chagaev that knocked him down, and RC never recovered. He then jumped on him and the stoppage. Good things going on in the heavyweight division. Kudos to both guys.


-deepwater2 :

Cool. Taking a beating and keeps on ticking. I will catch it later. Oz finally gets a heavy weight champ- kinda.


-miguel1 :

It was definitely a fun fight to watch, and I think Browne is a re-freshing change. They are talking Alexander Ustinov for Browne, and I would be alright if like Deontay, he got to go home and defend a few times. He doesnt look like a guy who would shy away from 3 fights a year at this point in his career.


-Yogo :

A FOTY contender for any number of reasons. Excitement is all you can ask for and here you had it. Congrats Mr Browne.