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Lucas Browne vs. Eric Martel Bahoeli: Fight Time, Date, Live Stream and TV Info

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28:  Lucas Browne of Australia looks on as James Toney of the USA falls onto the canvas during the WBC Super Heavyweight bout between Lucas Browne and James Toney at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 28, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist IVDecember 20, 2016

Lucas Browne will take on Eric Martel Bahoeli on Saturday in Sheffield as the two men fight for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title. 

Bahoeli will look to upset the odds by beating Australian Browne who has an undefeated record of 19-0 and will look to make the Canadian his 20th victim.

If "Big Daddy" can claim the win then he will become the first Australian in 122 years to win one of the world's oldest boxing titles, per WorldBoxingNews.net.

Read on for all the information on the fight including where to catch the action.

 

When: Saturday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. BST

Where: Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield

TV Info: BoxNation (UK only, subscription required)

Live Stream: BoxNation app (subscription required)

 

Preview

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28:  Lucas Browne of Australia celebrates after he defeated James Toney of the USA in the WBC Super Heavyweight bout between Lucas Browne and James Toney at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 28, 2013 in M
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Former cage-fighter Browne, who switched to boxing in 2009, is the heavy favourite on Saturday and he deserves the billing having won 17 of his 19 professional fights by knockout.

He is also ranked in the world top 15 by the IBF, WBA and WBC and stands tall at 193cm whilst weighing in at 120kg per Grantlee Kieza in the Courier-Mail. 

But Bahoeli believes that he can cause an upset and claim a win that would significantly boost his career.

He came over to the UK in January of 2014 to spar former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price.  

As reported on Eurosport, the unknown 32-year-old is aiming high and believes a victory would put him on the boxing map:

For me, it is a great opportunity because I don't have a promoter and I have worked very hard for this title. It has been in mind every day and it can change my career.

I think winning will put me in the shop window and help get me more fights against other top heavyweights.

It was in January and I wasn't in the best shape, but David [Price] was a good guy and a good boxer. He hit very hard and I think it was the perfect start to training for me.

My fitness has greatly improved since, I've worked very hard in the gym and I'm ready to go 12 rounds.

Bahoeli's record currently stands at 10 wins and three losses from 13 fights with seven wins by knockout, per WorldBoxingNews.net.

But he faces the formidable Browne on a very significant day for Australian boxing with Brisbane fighter Alex Leapai taking on Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on Saturday also. 

Certainly Eurosport Australia are billing it as a huge evening for Aussie boxing:

Kieza's piece notes that if Browne can emerge victorious then he would be the first Australian to claim the title since West Indian-born Peter Jackson in 1892.

The title has been vacant since December 2013 when Price relinquished both the Commonwealth and British titles.

Browne had won the right to fight for the title having beaten Sheffield's Richard Towers in November 2013 and had been hoping to fight Price, but he will finally get his chance against Bahoeli

If he is victorious there has been talk that he may take on fellow countryman Leapai who is not expected to beat Klitschko in Germany.

As reported by John Davidson on TheRoar.com.au, the 34-year-old anticipates a match up with Leapai:

Congrats to Alex but I don’t think he has the tools to touch him [Klitschko].

KO in six for me. I think a fight between Alex and me is always going to happen; it’s just a matter of when.

Other fighters who will become a realistic option as Browne's next opponents were he to win on Saturday include Britain's Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, who would both offer the Australian a tough contest.

First, however, Browne must use his immense power to see off Bahoeli in what could be an historic night for Australian boxing.

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