CHAUNCY WELLIVER says he’ll shatter Lucas Browne’s hopes of boxing for a world title and re-establish himself on the global stage when they meet next month.
The New Zealand-based American, 31, was himself once ranked in the WBC’s top five ranked heavyweights and feels the November 12 fight is a chance to kick start his title hopes.
If experience counts for anything, Welliver will be at a huge advantage. The “Hillyard Hammer” has been a professional for over 13 years and has had 68 fights, while unbeaten Browne has been in just 21 paid bouts.
“This is the perfect fight for me to get my career back on track. Lucas Browne is on a roll but I’m going to derail his train,” Welliver said.
“I think Lucas Browne is a very good prospect, but he’s just that, a prospect. I think my experience will be too much. I was injured my last fight, but I’m fully healthy now and will win this fight.
“I think style wise, you’ll see fireworks. He’s stronger, but I believe I’m more durable. The early rounds will dictate how this fight goes so I’ve got to set a fast pace.
“I’ll take him into the later rounds and see if he sinks or swims. I’m going to use my boxing skills to confuse him and out point him and get my name back up the top of the heavyweight ratings.
“I want to get back where I was a few years ago and I know a win here puts me in the mix. I’ve been training well and getting some quality sparring with Marco Huck and Yoan Pablo Hernandez. I’m going to shatter Lucas Browne’s dreams.”
Browne v Welliver’s clash for the WBC EPBC title is part of a huge night of boxing at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne with the main event seeing Sergey Rabchenko defending his WBC Silver light-middleweight title against Anthony Mundine.
Further title action includes Zhanat Zhankiyanov squaring off with Fred Mundraby for the WBC EPBC bantamweight crown while Leonardo Zappavigna meets Misael Castillo for the WBO Oriental light-welterweight championship.