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Lucas Browne becomes Commonwealth champion

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On Saturday night, Lucas 'Big Daddy' Browne created history in becoming the first Australian to hold the heavyweight Commonwealth title since 1892.

Browne, aged 35, was a late starter to the sport but has gained a significant following with his supreme punch power and exciting style.

Standing at 6ft 4in, bald and covered in tattoos he gives off the impression of a man that you wouldn't want to mess with and that is exactly what he is in the ring. The truth is though that outside of the ring he is a gentle giant. A man with a great personality and someone who is ever willing to reply to fans via social media.

Browne is brutally honest about his abilities and fully admits that he isn't the most technical boxer around but he also realises that he has huge punch power with his clubbing right-hands. His power gives him a chance in with any fighter no matter how badly he may be outclassed technically.

Browne who is promoted by Ricky Hatton was fighting at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield on Saturday and increased his record to 20 wins with 18 knockouts. He is yet to taste defeat and will be confident that he can maintain that streak.

Browne faced Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli who was a big underdog coming into the fight but proved to be a trickier opponent than some expected. At 6ft 3in, 'The Hammer' was similar in height but came in some 2 stone lighter than Browne.

Bahoeli headed into the fight with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses showing that he is very beatable.

Bahoeli started the contest well using his superior boxing skills and athleticism to out-work Browne. Browne did however look very comfortable and seemed to be stalking his man waiting for the right opportunity to land his killer right-hand.

Bahoeli was boxing well until he was caught with a big shot in the second round which sent him staggering back and onto the canvas. Many boxers would not have been able to return to their feet so fair play to Bahoeli for getting back up and carrying on.

The third round was to prove disastrous for Browne as following an accidental clash of heads he suffered a bad cut to his left eye-lid. Blood was flooding down his face and the skin was clearly flapping around. It was a bad cut and Browne knew he had to finish the job pretty quickly or risk being pulled out by the doctor.

Browne upped the tempo and really went at Bahoeli who was unable to deal with the pressure and faced the canvas again in the 4th. He again returned to his feet and tried his best to carry on but the contest was to end in the 5th round.

Bahoeli himself began to up the pace knowing that he had to fight back and the two stood and exchanged punches at a pace not often seen in the heavyweight division. Browne was to come out on top though with a fantastic upper-cut.

In terms of what's next for Browne surely a step-up in class is due. Putting him in with the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Dereck Chisora would make for fascinating viewing. Browne may not be able to out-box these guys but he can certainly knock them out.

Browne himself has said that he would like to face Dereck Chisora whom he believes will come off second best to Fury when they meet later this year. Browne has also said that if he was to beat Chisora that he would then like to face Fury.

There is a possibility of such fights but it seems unlikely for this year as both Chisora and Fury have their sights set on a world title shot.

Another possibility could be Manuel Charr who is rated highly in the WBC rankings. Browne is also rated highly by the WBC and enhanced his ranking at the weekend by gaining the WBC's Eurasian Pacific Title.

How far 'Big Daddy' can go in the sport is unknown but one thing that is guaranteed is that he is going to provide excitement will always at least have a big puncher's chance.


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