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Big Daddy Browne inspired by family

  • Big Daddy Browne inspired by family

    New world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne has revealed he was inspired by his family.

He might have been the big baddy where Ruslan Chagaev was concerned, but Australia's first world heavyweight boxing champion Lucas Browne was revelling in his Big Daddy persona upon his return home.

He cut an imposing figure walking through customs at Sydney Airport on Tuesday morning, less than 48 hours after his upset 10th round stoppage of WBA regular champion Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya, sent shockwaves coursing through the boxing world.

Out strode the 196cm bald guy with a cut on his head and marks on his face and a liberal sprinkling of body art on his ample frame.

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A couple of minutes later any thoughts of of a bad dude persona were dissipated, as he gave his mum Leonie a series of bear hugs for the phalanx of photographers.

She was dwarfed in stature by her 113kg son, but Leonie was more than a match for the new champ in the banter department.

"I didn't pay for a private education for him to be a cage fighter," Leonie joked, referring to Lucas's first foray into combat sports.

Browne made it clear his family was a major motivator for him when he was staring at defeat after being knocked down in the sixth and barely survived the round.

Asked what kept him going through such a torrid time, Browne said, "I don't like losing.

"My children were looking up to me and no doubt Australia was watching at the same time as well, so something I didn't want to do was lose, especially in that way, getting knocked out."

Browne's trainer Rodney Williams revealed he played the family card after his fighter came back to the corner after that tumultuous sixth round.

"He got knocked down real good, but his eyes were pretty clear ... but it was time to pull the motivational cards out of the back pocket reminding him of his kids," Williams said.

It was Browne himself who appropriated the Big Daddy tag, which had been previously used by former heavyweight world champion Riddick Bowe.

"After my first cage fight I heard someone in the crowd saying `that big bald bloke with tattoos'," Browne said.

"I thought `well, that's not going to fly.'

"My name is Browne, I've got three kids, so Big Daddy Browne just flowed and I drew the symbol up myself and I got the tattoos."

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