In early 2016, in Grozny, in the Russian state of Chechnya, there was a world title fight. This is the story of that fight told from inside the team of Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne. The World Champion That Never Was takes the reader to Grozny, one of the world's most dangerous places, for the clash between the vastly experienced, intimidating champion, Ruslan Chagaev, and the underdog, Lucas Browne, an Australian who is only 23 fights into his professional career.
In that amphitheatre in Grozny, amongst the unrestrained fervour of the Chechen crowd, all hearts are with their champion. From the perspective of Lucas's corner that night, the reader is witness to the drama, as Lucas is knocked down in the 6th round, and then as Australian sporting history is made, the world title is his. But unknown then, the story doesn't conclude in Grozny.
Drug tested before the fight and given the all clear, a positive drug test after the fight - for a drug that could not have influenced the outcome but is nevertheless banned - denies him the title. Yet more was to come. He overcomes a ban and his next fight is being scheduled when yet another test falls foul. The World Champion That Never Was shows that anything can happen in the rollercoaster world of championship boxing … and it does. Boxers and UFC fighters commonly “fail” in both voluntary and mandatory drug testing, with supplements of all kinds being taken without clear understanding of their content and consequences. “Big Daddy” will no doubt fight again, because this is the crazy world of boxing
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this incredible behind the scenes account of a world title fight in one of the most dangerous places on earth. It's a real page turner and leaves no stone unturned with all the controversy that went on in the fight and in boxing in general. Not just a boxing book however. Some fascinating passages on Chechnya and some of the Chechens that surrounded Team Browne. Do yourself a favour, get this book!
'Lucas Browne's incredible win in Grozny was the boxing highlight of 2016 and I can't wait to relive it in 2017 when Graham Clark's book is released. There have been so many good books set around the sport of boxing and I am eagerly awaiting this dramatic new piece from Graham Clark about Lucas Browne's momentous victory in Grozny.' - Ben Damon
'It's a great Australian tradition to stick by someone when they are up and when they are down. I am proud to endorse this thrilling book about a brave boxer who overcame adversity in the ring in Grozny and in all that followed.' - Johnny Lewis (iconic Aust trainer and 2017 inductee to the International Boxing Hall of Fame)
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st March 2017
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.48