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Former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate (pictured during his fight with Paul Gallen in February) is scheduled to fight against ex-heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne in Sydney on Saturday, with just four days of preparation.

Rugby league bad boy became boxer John Hopoate accepts offer to fight an ex-heavyweight world champion, despite having only FOUR DAYS to prepare

  • John Hopoate will fight against former world boxer Lucas Browne on Saturday
  • He took the fight just four days in advance after Browne & # 39; s opponent withdrew
  • Hopoate has fought once in the past nine years and lost four of his past five fights
  • Browne was world champion in 2016 after overthrowing Ruslan Chagaev for his title
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Former rugby league player John Hopoate is scheduled to fight against a former heavyweight world boxer champion in Sydney on Saturday, with just four days to prepare.

The 45-year-old accepted the challenge of former WBA heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne after his scheduled opponent withdrew from the fight.

Hopoate went to Instagram on Tuesday to announce the competition to be held at St Marys Band Club.

& # 39; Only told yesterday (about the fight) in which I gladly agreed, & # 39 ;, said Hopoate. & # 39; So let's review their (sic) if you can and support. & # 39;

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Former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate (pictured during his fight with Paul Gallen in February) is scheduled to fight against ex-heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne in Sydney on Saturday, with just four days of preparation.

Former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate (pictured during his fight with Paul Gallen in February) is scheduled to fight against ex-heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne in Sydney on Saturday, with just four days of preparation.

Hopoate accepted the fight after Browne & # 39; s opponent withdrew four days before the fight. (Pictured: Browne training in London in April)

Hopoate accepted the fight after Browne & # 39; s opponent withdrew four days before the fight. (Pictured: Browne training in London in April)

Hopoate accepted the fight after Browne & # 39; s opponent withdrew four days before the fight. (Pictured: Browne training in London in April)

& # 39; Win or lose my children and get noodles instead of rice for a few weeks. & # 39;

Hopoate's post contained the hashtags & # 39; never go back from a challenge & # 39 ;, & # 39; if you are hit in the head so my kids can eat & # 39 ;, and & # 39; then it gets into hit your head & # 39 ;.

The boxing record of Hopoate stands at 12 wins and 6 losses, with the recent history not being nice to him in the ring.

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He has fought only once in the past nine years and lost four of his past five fights, including a second round of belts by former NRL star Paul Gallen in February.

Hopoate & # 39; s opponent Browne was world champion in 2016 after overthrowing Ruslan Chagaev for his title in Chechnya in Russia.

Browne praised Hopoate for accepting the fight and was excited about the prospect of coming back into the ring after six months without a fight.

& # 39; The guy has more balls than most of you who don't step in, & # 39; said Brown. & # 39; Absolute champion and legend of a guy. It's what Aussies do. & # 39;

& # 39; It's going to be a fight, it's the heavyweight division, you never know what's going to happen. & # 39;

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The fight of Hopoate and Browne is the bottom card for the rematch of lightweight Kye MacKenzie against Francis Chua.

The fight is being held on Saturday at the St Marys Band Club in Sydney

The fight is being held on Saturday at the St Marys Band Club in Sydney

The fight is being held on Saturday at the St Marys Band Club in Sydney

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