Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is hoping Sheffield fight fans get behind him when he faces Eric Martel Bahoeli on Saturday, despite him defeating one of the city’s favourite sons.
Browne, 35, set up his Commonwealth heavyweight shot by stopping the Steel City’s own Richard Towers last November, but believes he’ll have the support of the Ponds Forge crowd.
The Aussie sparred at the Ingle gym in 2012. “The UK fans are awesome. They have always give a warm welcome” Lucas said. “I like the city and found the people very friendly. I hope I can give them a performance to remember. Obviously, I beat Richard but we’re friends and I don’t think his fans bear a grudge against me. I hope as many people come out as possible and support me.” Between them, Lucas and Bahoeli have scored 24 knockouts in just 32 fights so the conventional thinking is that their clash will end inside the distance.
However, Lucas says he’s more than happy to go 12 rounds with the tough French-Canadian if he has to.
“I’m not a fan of judges’ decisions, but I don’t mind having to go the distance,” he said. “I don’t go looking for knockouts, but this is heavyweight boxing and I can win a fight with one punch.
“I know Bahoeli is a big boy who likes to come forward and brawl. I’m not planning on giving him the chance to make it his fight, though.”
Next Saturday’s bill is been televised live and exclusive in the UK by BoxNation (Sky Ch.437 HD 490 and Virgin 546). The show’s chief supporting contest sees Kazakhstan’s Zhanat Zhakiyanov challenge European bantamweight champion Karim Guerfi, while Sheffield’s own Adam Etches faces Felipe De La Paz Teniente for the vacant WBC youth middleweight crown.
Also starring will be Ricky Hatton-trained prospects Adam Little and Ryan Burnett, hard-hitting Belarusian Kirill Relikh, Scott Jenkins, Leo D’Erlanger, Kash Ali and Dave Howe.
Ticket prices are priced at £35 (General Admission), £55 (Reserved Floor Seats), £75 (Ringside) and £100 (VIP Ringside). They can be purchased from 07747 474701.