Richard Towers faces good friend Lucas Browne in vital heavyweight battle
Last Updated: 30/10/13 5:24pm
Richard Towers: Faces Lucas Browne in crucial heavyweight clash
Promoter Ricky Hatton believes heavyweight rivals Richard Towers and Lucas Browne will serve up an explosive battle on Saturday night.
Towers and Browne put their unbeaten records on the line in a Commonwealth title eliminator at Hull Arena, live on Sky Sports.
Sheffield fighter Towers has not fought since last June due to injury and visa problems, but has sharpened his skills in sparring sessions with world champion Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye.
Browne has already fought three times this year and the Australian defeated faded ring great James Toney in April.
Towers suffered a major scare in his last fight, battling back from the brink of defeat to halt Gregory Tony, but Hatton is reading little into that display and insists he cannot pick a winner.
"It's a great fight, a great clash of styles," he said. "Being the promoter of both, it's a little bit upsetting to see them fighting each other. They're two of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, but there's nothing nice about the way they fight.
"This is great opportunity for them both. Lucas has a WBC ranking of 15th, which is a scalp Richard will be after. If you get to 15th in the world, things open up so it's a big, big fight and it's going to be very interesting.
"Lucas always uses the gym when he comes over and he's been looking really good. He's a big puncher, he's very, very powerful, but Richard Towers has got the style to cause Lucas problems."
"I think everyone is looking at Richard's last performance when he was shaken up quite badly and that's the worst thing anyone can do because Towers has the style to cause absolute murder for Lucas.
"He's got the height, the reach and the boxing ability. But Lucas, with his punching power only needs one chance so I'm unsure which way it's going to go."
Hatton hopes the winner can land a fight against British and Commonwealth champion David Price, who is trying to rebuild his career after two stoppage defeats by Tony Thompson.
"Only Price and his team know [if they'd take the fight]," said Hatton.
"Lucas would have it because he's fearless. Richard, if he wins, won't be scared of facing David after David's last couple of performances, but like people are looking at Richard's last performance and writing him off, people don't want to do that with David Price.
"It was only a few fights ago that people we're talking about him as a future world champion and he still can be."
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