By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Lucas Browne has been handed a change of opponent for his next fight, fewer than two weeks 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 face Canadian opposition at the Melbourne Pavillion next week.
Browne is 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.
Basile, of Argentina, was drafted in to give Browne a test ahead of his forthcoming world title challenge against Ruslan Chagaev, but the 77-fight veteran has now thought better of fighting the dynamite-fisted Aussie and pulled out.
New opponent Larenas has fought 18 times, losing three times and knocking 14 of his 15 victims out.
But that formidable record is not something that worries Browne.
“Nothing has changed from my perspective,” he said.
“I’m ready to do a job, get back in the ring and get this guy out of there –– the same as every fight.
“I’ve seen Larenas fight once or twice before in the UFC and on YouTube. He’s an aggressive guy who comes out fast.
“It might be a short night if he keeps that game plan.
“I don’t like to leave it up to the judges. I’m the hardest hitting heavyweight in the world and I look forward to putting on a good show.”by