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Broadhurst ready for Haskins bout

Don Broadhurst
Broadhurst has won all 11 of his pro fights, three by knockout

Birmingham super-flyweight Don Broadhurst is confident he can beat British champion Lee Haskins in Newport on 11 December.

Broadhurst, 25, is also putting his Commonwealth belt on the line as he protects his unbeaten record.

"I talk the talk and I walk the walk - he's nowhere near the calibre of some of the lads I've boxed internationally for England," he told BBC WM.

"I'm ready for this fight - I've been calling Lee Haskins out."

Broadhurst has been out of the ring since April when he defended the Commonwealth crown for the second time, beating Ghana's Asamoah Wilson.

And he is well aware what is at stake in South Wales.

I'm proud to be undefeated - I'm not losing this soon in my career, no way

Don Broadhurst

"Two titles, and my undefeated record," he admitted. "My livelihood and everything like that.

"I'm proud to be undefeated as I've only had 11 or 12 pro fights - I'm not losing this soon in my career, no way, not for a British title anyway. This is just a stepping stone."

There has been bad blood between the Birmingham fighter and Haskins, 19, stemming from a brief exchange at another professional card.

"I went to watch him, and he asked me what I thought basically," Broadhurst recalled.

"I said he's keeping his belt on ice for me. Then when they interviewed him he mentioned me - there's definitely no love lost.

"I don't like his arrogance. I might sound a little bit arrogant calling him out and saying I want to shut him up, but it is what it is really - I'm humble, he's cocky."

Broadhurst enjoyed a highly successful amateur career, including the flyweight gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

He claimed the Commonwealth super-flyweight title in his ninth professional fight, defeating the Ghanaian Isaac Quaye at the Aston Villa Events Centre.

And now he is making light of concerns that he may be a little rusty after an eight-month absence from the ring.

"It's given me a long time to recharge my batteries, get all my hunger back, so it won't have done me any harm really."

Trained by former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, Broadhurst seems to have the perfect role model for converting amateur success into pro titles.

Victory over Haskins would be another major step up the world rankings.

"It's the fight I've been waiting for for a long time. I want to to show everyone who's the best in Britain," he added.



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