Wednesday 8 July 2015 17:25, UK
Unbeaten Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne has offered Tyson Fury sparring ahead of his world title shot at Wladimir Klitschko.
The 36-year-old Browne (22-0-0-KO19) has been inactive for eight months and has been attempting to goad WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder into facing him, but in the meantime he is hoping to join Fury's training camp ahead of the Mancunian's clash with WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Klitschko on October 24.
Browne said to Fury via social media: "I realise that you think I’m a glorified bouncer and all the rest of it – which I am to be perfectly honest – I know what I am. But I’m big, I’m agile, I do have a good chin and I hit like a mule. I know this, everyone else knows this and it’s why they keep avoiding me at the same time.
I'm big, I’m agile, I do have a good chin and I hit like a mule. I know this, everyone else knows this and it’s why they keep avoiding me at the same time.
"You got your Klitschko spot and that’s awesome. If you need me to come over and do any sparring, with the wrestling - ’cause you know Klitschko’s gonna do that - send me over. I’ll help you out, no problems whatsoever.
"I don’t hate you. I still wanna knock you out, but that’s beside the point isn’t it? I still wanna get as far as I can in this world and on the boxing stage."
On his own future, Browne added: "Wilder is a little chicken-s***, he won’t fight me. He’s gonna get knocked out by [Alexander] Povetkin anyway.
"At this point I don’t know what the hell’s happening with me. It’s been over seven months since I had a fight. Apparently there is something in the pipeline but all I keep hearing is hopefully, hopefully, hopefully.
"I’ll keep plugging away here, waiting for someone to finally get back to me about something that may happen in my life or not. Sorry for everyone who’s waiting for a big announcement from me – but I don’t know what’s going on myself."