Don Broadhurst is back this month
Broadhurst was based in Australia for a spell, but headed home to Birmingham earlier this year after his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and he’s back in the ring at Aston Villa FC on Saturday, November 23. Manager Jon Pegg will match him at “around 8st 7lbs,” but the 29 year-old hopes to box for flyweight titles by the end of the season.
“I’m coming back with a bang,” he said. “I’m a new Don Broadhurst with a new attitude.
“I used to socialise a lot and was training to make the weight rather than training to get fit.
“But a lot has happened to me in the last year and I’ve grown up.
“I’m a man now.
“I’m a dad (daughter Nancy was born in May) and that’s given me extra motivation.
“I don’t mind not going out. I’m happy where I am now.”
Broadhurst enjoyed his spell in Brisbane where he was based with trainer Gareth Williams.
He fought in Australia just once – stopping Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee – before heading home.
“Gareth got me in the best shape of my life and if it wasn’t for my daughter, I would go back there now,” said Broadhurst.
He headed Down Under after a bad spell when he lost his Commonwealth title to Leigh Haskins, suffered another loss to him in the ‘Prizefighter’ final, then was outhustled by Najah Ali after suffering a rib injury early in their 10-round fight.
His supporters are clearly hurst sold his allocation of 120 tickets in a week – and says he’s better prepared now.
Broadhurst was a top amateur, winning the ABAs, Commonwealth Games gold and boxing for his country 42 times, and admits he found the switch to the professional code hard.
glad to see him back – Broadinning the ABAs, Commonwealth Games gold and boxing for his country 42 times, and admits he found the switch to the professional code hard.
“I boxed every week or so when I was an amateur,” he said, “and was hoping to have 15 fights a year as a pro.
“But fights fell through and I wasn’t active enough. It was nobody’s fault, it’s just the way boxing is, but I found it really disheartening. I was fighting to pay the bills and it was hard when I wasn’t getting fights.
“But I’ve got a job now and I’m settled.”