Browne: Nothing in Haye talk

Heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne says there is ‘nothing in it’ when it comes to fighting David Haye.

The recently-crowned WBA World champion has dismissed the British fighter’s claims that talks are already underway for a summer showdown.

Browne (24-0-KO21) beat Ruslan Chagaev on March 5 to become Australia’s first world heavyweight champion and has already set up plans to make a mandatory defence against Fres Oquendo.

“All I can say is that David Haye, along with Shannon Briggs and Sol Haumono closer to home, are wanting a shot at my new title,” he told World Boxing News.

“Things like this are bound to happen following my win over Ruslan Chagaev and I’m sure it happens to fellow-champions Charles Martin and Deontay Wilder. It is what it is but there is nothing in it but speculation.”

Haye, who is still to announce his opponent for his fight at The O2 on May 21, has added his name to a growing list of challengers that want to take on Browne, with unbeaten New Zealander Joseph Parker also on the list.

Ricky Hatton promotes Sydney-based ‘Big Daddy’ and admits they are looking for big fights and his team will be paying close attention to the fight between IBF world champion Martin and Anthony Joshua on April 9.