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Don Broadhurst vows to halt Spanish Armada

Flyweight sensation Don Broadhurst has vowed to halt Spain's modern-day sporting Armada. Broadhurst tackles tough Spaniard Jordi Gallart over ten-rounds at the Aston Events Centre, Birmingham, on July 19 featuring on the undercard of Audley Harrison v Martin Rogan..

And the unbeaten 24-year-old says he won't let Gallart notch up another Spanish success, following his nation's football team winning at Euro 2008, and Rafael Nadal sensational Wimbledon triumph after an epic victory over Roger Federer.

Spain also have two of the favourites to win the Tour De France, Alejandro Valverde and Carlos Sastre.

"Like the rest of the nation I watched Sunday night's Wimbledon final between Nadal and Federer and they were going at it like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, I hope my fight against Gallart doesn't end up like that!" said Broadhurst.

"The Spanish are on a high at the moment with there sporting wins this summer but seeing as England didn't make it to Euro 2008 and Andy Murray got knocked out of Wimbledon, I'll bring some victory for England by beating Gallert next Saturday.

"He's never been stopped, but I'm punching harder than ever and I'm confident I'll be having an early night."

Broadhurst, who scooped flyweight gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, has raced to 8-0 as a professional, and boxes in his native Birmingham for the second time in a month.

When he appeared at the N.I.A last month on the undercard of Khan-Gomez, he personally sold 1,000 tickets and rewarded his army of supporters with a thrilling win over experienced Frenchman Alain Bonnel.

It was easily his best victory - and underlined why a title shot could be just around the corner.

"I'll fight anyone in Britain," said Broadhurst. "The next 18 months are going to be massive for me, especially as there is a real buzz about big-time boxing in Birmingham at the moment.

"Having all those fans at the N.I.A was a real boost, and I was as fired up as I've ever been.

"I'm desperate to fight for domestic honours, but that will just be the start. I know I'm good enough to win European and world titles."

Article posted on 08.07.2008



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