Heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne of Australia is on his third opponent for Friday’s stay-busy fight before he gets a shot at the winner of the secondary title bout between Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo, who will meet in a rematch on a date to be determined later this year.
Browne (22-0, 19 KOs), 36, will face 7-footer Julius Long (16-18, 14 KOs), 38, a Detroit native, who replaced former MMA fighter Icho Larenas (15-3, 14 KOs), Browne promoter Hatton Promotions announced Sunday.
According to Hatton Promotions -- Ricky Hatton’s company -- Larenas dropped out Thursday due to “legal problems.” Larenas replaced Gonzale Basile, who dropped out for an unannounced reason, the previous week.
"It's part of boxing,” Browne said. “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 [titleholder Deontay] Wilder or [top contender Tyson] Fury.”