Globe-trotting Sheffield heavyweight is in with the world’s best

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SHEFFIELD’S Richard Towers has been sparring with the legendary Wladimir Klitschko, as the world heavyweight champion prepares to defend his title.

Towers, the unbeaten EBU European title holder, journeyed to the Austrian camp staged by Klitschko, ahead of the Ukranian’s title defence in Hamburg on November 10.

And the travelling has only just begun for the Sheffielder, who six years ago, was serving a long prison sentence.

He will fight Australian Lucas Browne on a Ricky Hatton promoted show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Tuesday December 11.

The pair became friendly when they sparred together earlier this year at Towers training base in Wincobank.

But friendship will be forgotten for ten rounds when they meet, with a shot at Commonwealth champion David Price for whoever wins the eliminator.

Hatton who boxes Vyacheslav Senchenko at Manchester Arena on November 24 said: “What a fight to start our new promotional company, (Hatton Promotions Asia Pacific where he plans to feature top boxers from the Far East and Australasia and how much more could be at stake?

“Lucas and Richard are both punchers and hungry for success and it will show on the night.

“The goal of is to bring world class boxing events to different cities in Asia and build a world class stable in the region.”

Towers, 33, has a 100% record in 14 fights and the 6ft 8in puncher came through a tough fight against Gregory Tony on the same bill winning the EU title in nine rounds.

Browne, 33, has won all 13 contests with 12 wins coming by KO and last boxed in June stopping Hastings Rasani.