Former WBA heavyweight boxing champion Lucas Browne has issued the challenge to Paul Gallen, insisting he has agreed on an upcoming date to "bash" the NRL legend.
Gallen's next opponent in the boxing ring has been the subject of much discussion after the Cronulla Sharks great scored a unanimous points victory over UFC legend Mark Hunt in December.
Now it appears the 2016 NRL premiership winner will fight Browne - who became Australia's first heavyweight boxing champion when he defeated Ruslan Chagaev in 2016 - only to be later stripped of the title for failing two subsequent drug tests.
Gallen, 39, says everything is in order for the pair to fight on April 14 but has accused Browne's promoter of stalling negotiations.
He labelled 41-year-old Browne a "bum" and claims the former champion is asking for too much money.
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"I thought I'd better reply to big b***h daddy Browne about me and other people he wants to fight in Australia," Gallen said on social media.
"To let you know the whole truth, Matt Rose has been in negotiations with Lucas and his manager about fighting me on April 14 – a fight I've agreed to.
"The problem is Lucas has multiple contracts with multiple promoters, one of those promoters wants to be heavily compensated to release Lucas to fight me.
"That compensation number is extreme and this is on top of the six figures Lucas wants to fight me, he wants more than six figures after he said he'd bash me for nothing.
"So Lucas if you want the fight – I've got bigger fish to fry at the back end of the year, not bums like you – you need to sort yourself out and take a bit of reduced fee. The fight is there for you. Stop carrying on like I'm the one dobbing it because it's not me."
Mooted date is on Browne’s birthday
Gallen's response came after Browne insisted that he had agreed to fight the former league star, vowing to "bash" him on his birthday of April 14.
Browne says his team has agreed on conditions with Gallen's team but claims there is nothing he can do about the fight promoters.
"I've agreed to the date," Browne said on social media.
"April 14, my birthday – what a great day to bash you.
"I've agreed on the purse, yes I'm signed so it's up to your promoter to sort it out.
"I've got nothing to do with it. You've got nothing to do with it. It's now the promoter.
"I've agreed, you've agreed, everyone's f*****g agreed. Now all we have to do is get in there and fight. Let's stop bullsh***ng around, I want to see it, you want to see it. Let's do it."
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