Since Australia’s Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne rallied for an upset 10th-round knockout of Ruslan Chagaev to win a secondary heavyweight world title on March 5 in Grozny, Russia, heavyweights around the globe have called out Browne.
One of them was former titlist David Haye, the Englishman who fought for the first time in 3½ years on Jan. 16 and knocked out Mark de Mori, Browne’s countryman, in the first round in a meaningless victory.
Haye is scheduled for the second fight of his comeback on May 21 and said he wants a shot at Browne, the first Australian to win a heavyweight title (although Tyson Fury is the recognized world champion).
But Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) said he is not about to fight Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) or anyone else who has called him out.
“I think it's funny how full of s--- Haye is,” Browne wrote on social media on Sunday. “I'm not fighting him. [Mandatory challenger Fres] Oquendo is next. It's all in the contract. [A fight with Haye] ain't happening.”
Browne, who hopes the mandatory fight will take place in Australia, said future opponents should have to earn the shot, which Haye clearly has not.
“Everyone else needs to concentrate on earning a shot like I did,” Browne said. “I had to travel all around the world to get an opportunity to make history and these boxers think they can jump the queue by throwing out insults.”
Matt Clark, Browne’s manager, said Browne will not try to get out of his existing agreement for the mandatory fight.
“Prior to the fight with Chagaev we signed an undertaking that our next fight and first defense of the title will be against Fres Oquendo,” he said. “The call outs are absolutely pointless. Realistically they're just trying to get some media on the back of Lucas's historic accomplishment. We will honor our contractual agreement.”