AUSTRALIA’S Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has relinquished his Commonwealth heavyweight title with immediate effect.
Browne became the first fighter from Down Under to hold the crown in 122 years when he stopped Canada’s Eric Bahoeli in April 2014.
But he has now decided to give it up in order to pursue other titles.
“Holding the Commonwealth title was a huge honour for me and I do not relinquish the belt easily,” Browne said.
“However, I’m currently the mandatory challenger to Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA heavyweight title and that is now my focus.
“I am on the verge of becoming Australia’s first ever heavyweight world champion and I cannot wait to win that in the near future”.
Browne’s manager Matt Clark continued: “Lucas has accomplished something that will go down in Australian boxing folklore. We are relinquishing the title to keep it active and allow.
“Big Daddy” to focus on securing the world title.
“We didn’t want to hold up the Commonwealth belt and Lucas is relinquishing it to allow for activity. We sincerely thank the Commonwealth Boxing Council for all their support”.