Tommy Browne is ready for a special homecoming.
Browne wiill headline the “Last Stand: Sons of Macarthur” event at K Ranch Arena on Sunday, August 19.
The Bradbury boxer will take on highly credited fighter Ebenezer Lamptey, of Ghana.
It is set to be a crucial fight for two reasons.
Browne, 35, is on the cusp of being ranked in the top 50 fighters across the world.
It could also be Browne’s final bout in Australia.
On the back of two recent wins in the US, Browne said he was considering a permanent move to America.
“My manager is based in the US and combat sports are pinnacle events in the US,” he said.
Browne said a win next month could see him move into the top 50 rankings.
“If I win at K Ranch, I’m in with a chance of being invited for the biggest fight possible in the US,” he said.
“I am also siting one win out of the top 50, so there is big incentive to win.”
Browne has been frantically training in preparation for his fight with Lamptey.
He has trained six days a week at Grange High Performance gym in Smeaton Grange.
I am also siting one win out of the top 50, so there is big incentive to win.Tommy Browne
Browne said he was confident about his chances of victory but would not underestimate Lamptey.
“We’re a few weeks out [from the fight] and our preparation is well on track, he said.
“I believe he [Lamptey] will come out strong and will be looking for a knockout.
“He’s had a few knockout wins in his career… I will look to hang in there early on.”
August 19 will mark Browne’s first professional fight on Australian soil since his loss to Anthony Mundine in January.
Browne had entered the bout confident, but was knocked out in the second round.
It has been Browne’s only professional loss in the past two years, winning nine bouts in that period.
Following that January defeat, Browne said he lost some confidence.
“I had a lot of belief taking on Mundine,” he said.
“But one punch can change a fight – I felt like I was in control and the better fighter until then [second round].
“Afterwards, I had a bit of doubt in myself.”
Browne went over to America and recorded two wins in quick succession.
The Macarthur fighter won in a six-round fight against Mexican fighter Cesar Soriano in March in Miami.
He backed it up the following month to beat Puerto Rican Carlos Garcia Hernandez in a round-one knockout in Las Vagas.
Browne said he was pleased with those victories.
However, he said he looked forward to fighting on his home turf on August 19.
“I’ve been confident with my training and how I’m fighting,” Browne said.
“It’s always good to fight locally and get that home crowd support.”
Browne’s coach Anthony Redward said preparations were well on track for the K-Ranch fight.
Redward said training included sparring sessions with fellow Australian boxers Josh Jenkins and Sam Goodman.
“We are feeling very confident,” he said.
“We will get back up and push to move into the top 50 boxers in the world.”
Redward invited everyone to head along to the Last Stand: Sons of Macarthur event.
“It’s a big show to bring to the Macarthur area,” he said.
The Last Stand: Sons of Macarthur event will begin at noon on Sunday, August 19.
Tickets can be purchased at www.moshtix.com.au and are $50 for adults, $30 for children or $120 per family.
Details: High Grange Performance Facebook page.