Another Crossroads Fight between Undefeated Heavyweights
This one goes Saturday (Aug. 1) in Wolverhampton, England. The disputants are an Australian, Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne (20-0, 18 KOs), and a Ukrainian, Andriy Rudenko (24-0, 16 KOs).
With his massive chest covered in tattoos, Browne has the look of a fighting man. But this former MMA fighter is 35 years old and weighed 273 pounds in his last bout, 16 pounds more than he carried in his most noteworthy assignment, a one-sided decision over grizzled James Toney.
Rudenko, age 30, is shorter by three-and-a-half inches and also on the beefy side. If Browne is in shape, he should win comfortably. But Australia has never produced a heavyweight champion -- unless one counts Bob Fitzsimmons, who had his early fights in Sydney -- so the prognosis going forward isn't good.
Bill Squires was so highly-touted when he came to America that he was installed the favorite over the champion, Tommy Burns. Squires was knocked out in the opening round of a bout scheduled for 45 rounds. A headline writer for the Oakland Tribune summed up his performance by writing "Antipodean Shows No More Science than a Lady Washerwoman."
Alex Leapai's hollow performance against Wladimir Klitschko continued the tradition of substandard showings by Australian heavyweights in big international bouts. Perhaps Lucas Browne can break the curse, but at age 35 he had better not dilly-dally.
Re: Another Crossroads Fight between Undefeated Heavyweights
This one should be fun to watch, as both guys get insulted if you miss them with a punch or call them late for dinner.
Both have decent power and weight 250+. If you have time, check them out on youtube. One of them is going to be the new WBC Eurasia Pacific Heavyweight Champion, as well as the vacant WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.
Wow! I didn't know the WBA Intercontinental title was vacant! Did you?