Sydney, Australia – Lucas Browne made his return to the ring following a fifteen month layoff to stop over-matched journeyman Matthew Greer in two rounds. Browne moved well in the early going, preferring to box more than brawl. His punches were clearly too much for Greer, who was visibly wobbled by every shot. At the end of the first round Browne appeared to have had enough of carrying Greer and dropped him hard with a barrage of punches. Greer barely beat the count and was saved by the bell.
Browne got right to it in the second round and dropped Greer with a cupping right hook behind the ear. Greer looked like he may have been able to continue, but he nor the referee were game to see it go on. The referee called the fight off in the opening minute of round two.
It was a far cry from his upset knockout win against Ruslan Chagaev in Russia last year. There were no titles on the line, no sold out arenas or six figure paydays. However, something much more valuable was at stake tonight. The career of a proud former heavyweight champion.
A former Kings Cross bouncer turned fighter, Browne turned professional at the age of 30 and beat the odds to become the first Australian fighter to capture a piece of the heavyweight title. He was subsequently stripped of the title following two failed drug tests. Browne has disputed both tests and is committed to proving he is clean on the way to recapturing the title.
Moving forward, Browne’s long term goal will be to target a showdown with New Zealand champ Joseph Parker, or top rated Fres Oqeundo (who Browne was previously scheduled to fight last year). However, Browne advised that he would like another step up fight before hand.