Birmingham’s Don Broadhurst fights for the vacant Commonwealth super flyweight title at Aston Events Centre next week and has already targeted a challenge for the British title.
Despite having only eight professional bouts under his belt, the 24-year-old from Erdington’s showdown with Issac Quaye, of Ghana, who has a record of won 11, drawn two and lost one, is the main event on October 31 and will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Broadhurst says he wants to then challenge the winner of the British title clash between Lee Haskins and champion Andy Bell and has set his sights on a world-title shot within the next two years.
“It is up to [promoters] Sports Network, Frank Warren and Dean Powell to sort out what is next, but I would like to fight for the British title,” the Commonwealth Games gold medallist said.
“It is what is best financially as well, because I have not boxed much this year so I need to pay the bills. Whatever is on the table, really.
“If I win the Commonwealth title, I could fight for a world title next year or the year after. I am confident now that I would win it but after a few ten- to 12- rounders, there would be no doubt that I would win it. I think I could win a title within the next two years after I win this title.”
Broadhurst said his lack of ring action this year has not affected his chances of becoming the Commonwealth belt, only his bank balance.
His one and only outing this year came on the undercard of Amir Khan’s victory over Michael Gomez at the National Indoor Arena in June, when he claimed a points victory over former French champion Alain Bonnel.
“I am frustrated that I have had only one fight this year because I want to box as much as possible,” he said. “I want to build my profile and wanted as many fights as possible before fighting for a title. But I feel I am ready. I may not have been active in the ring but I have been in the gym a lot. It’s not as if I will be overly-rusty, I think.
“Before my last fight, I had been out of action for six months and I think that was by far my best performance as a professional. It was 100 per cent better than all my other fights, and that was due to changing gym and having a fresh start with new guidance.
“I have had two shows cancelled and there was also a mix-up with an opponent’s blood tests, so it was just bad luck and I would have had four or five fights this year, but that is how it goes.
“My trainer, Richie Woodhall, thinks I am ready for it. He sees me in the gym on a day-to-day basis. He has been there, seen it and done it, so if he has the confidence in me to do it and I already have the confidence in myself to do it, then that is good.”
Broadhurst received fantastic vocal support from the NIA crowd, having personally sold 850 tickets and is not phased by being the headline act in Aston next week. He said: “I was expecting eventually to be headlining shows and boxing for titles so it is no surprise for me, although I didn’t expect it to come quite so soon
“If I had a few more fights this year ,then I would have thought it was possible but I am ready. I have boxed on big stages before at world championships and at Commonwealth Games and this is no different. I visualise the moment my hand is raised at the end of a fight and the belt is placed around my waist, it is part of the mental strategy. I also think of my opponent lying on the floor as I am announced the winner.
“I am very hungry. I want to make my family proud and everyone who has supported me, to give something back to the fans. Bringing this title back would mean so much and would be a way of saying thank you.”
* To buy tickets or to sponsor Don for the fight, call him on 07521 707207.