Tomorrow fans around the world will get the chance to see a WBA "regular" Heavyweight title fight between Uzbek champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21) and unbeaten Australian champion Lucas Browne (23-0, 20). Today saw the weigh in for that bout and the men were both setting career records with their weights.
The 37 year old champion, who made his pro debut back in 1997 at 210lbs and was as low as 206lbs, was nearing a career high weight at around 248½lbs. The highest he has been was 250lbs, which he weighed against Jovo Pudar back in October 2013, and this is the second highest of his career, only below that Pudar bout. Not only was he heavy but it showed with the champion clearly carrying "extra baggage" on his frame.
Whilst the champion was looking out of shape the 36 year old actually came in at a career low of just over 249¼lbs, around 6lbs lighter than he was last time out. Whilst he is still heavier than the champion he is also 6" taller and is carrying the weight significantly better than Chagaev. Whilst not ripped by any means it's clear that Browne has taken the bout very seriously and come in in the shape of his life for what is a huge opportunity for the very affable Aussie puncher.
Chagaev faces Browne in Grozny for WBA "regular" crown
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