‘You could say it’s high risk’ – Tony Browne discusses Cameroonian challenge

Tony Browne [1(1)-0] see’s this weekends fight as a statement opportunity rather than a risk.

The Dubliner fights Hubert Roger Kuate [2(0)-1(0)] at the On Guardamar Arena in Alicante tomorrow night over six rounds.

Then fact the Spain based Cameroonian defeated Spanish title challenger Eusebio Arias in his last outing, suggests he is a solid enough second fight test.

Take into account Browne’s debut proved far too easy, Kuate is effectively the home fighter, will be motivated to win rather than just survive and the clash could be deemed a risky one for the St Michael’s Inchicore graduate.

Although Browne does expect a robust and game foe, he is confident he has the maturity and skills set to overcome an early challenge.

“He looks like a good opponent,” Browne told Irish-boxing.com.

“He is coming off the back of an impressive win, so his confidence is going to be high. I know he is coming into the ring to win. It’s in his adopted home town too. You could say it’s a high risk fight, but if your not in this game to test yourself why would you do it?

“I want to test myself early on and I want to make statements. I am very confident I will be able to out match him in all departments. I’ve had really good sparring and preparation, so I am no concerned I’m just looking forward to getting in and having a good fight.”

‘Super Fly’ believes his second pro foe will try and make their six round encouther a scrap.

Indeed, he has worked on the inside element of his game and as a result is confident he can match the Sevilla based fighter for fight if needs be. Although he is hoping to out skill Kuate early before moving through the gears as the fight progresses.

“I think he’ll come and trying have an in close dogged fight. I think he will expect me to be uncomfortable in that position, but that’s something I have been working on massively in the gym. So if it does go there it think he is going to be in for nice treat.

“Still, you can expect me to rely on my amateur boxing skills, stick and move a little. When the timing right I am going let some shots go in the middle to close distances, push him around a little and be nice and physical with him.”

The clash, which plays out on a card populated by Dylan Moran, Vladimir Belujsky and debutant John Cooney, is Browne’s second six rounder in just his second fight.

Skipping fours was something Browne demanded upon turning over and he explains why: “I made it very clear when I turned over I wanted to start with a six rounder and move quickly toward eight rounders and beyond as soon as possible.

“Your in title territory then and that is where I want to get to as soon as possible. Plus I’m keeping myself in good condition and the longer rounds suit me better for all those reasons I’m happy to being doing six.”

The Steven O’Rourke trained fighter’s debut proved somewhat of an anti climax. A last second change of opponent presented him with an easier fight than he had requested and he wasn’t overly exuberant speaking after the clash.

As a result he is content some see an element of jeopardy in this fight and he is hoping some questions are asked of him.

“I didn’t get to showcase my skills or all the hard work I put in the gym last time out. This time I have a test and I am looking forward to testing myself.

“I was still happy with the experience. I felt going into the ring. I couldn’t fault my prep. I was mentally physically very sharp, I was happy with that. It was also good to experience everything from the day before weigh in to warming up in the dressing room before the fight.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]