By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Lucas Browne has been handed a second change of opponent for his next fight, just five days before he is set to step in the ring again.
The 36-year-old Australian, who is a former Commonwealth heavyweight champion and holds an unblemished record of 22 wins with 19 early endings, will now face American opposition at the Melbourne Pavillion next week.
Browne was set to defend his WBA Inter-Continental belt against former MMA star Icho Larenas on August 14 following the withdrawal of original foe Gonzalo Basile, but he will now come face-to-face with Julius Long.
Larenas was unable to leave Argentina, where he is now based, due to a legal issue and the seven-foot one-inch Long was drafted in.
The fight will be live on Channel 9 in Australia, but Browne is still focused on the task at hand.
He said: “It’s part of boxing and again, I’m used to it. I just worry about my performance and I’m happy my team has again secured an opponent. I can’t wait to put on a show.
“Much respect to Julius for taking the fight at such short notice, that’s the sign of a warrior. He’s a big man so it’ll be like I’m preparing for Wilder or Fury.”by