Boxers Don Broadhurst and Liam Hutchinson are grateful their employer Goodna’s Irish Heart Hotel allows them to mix work with their sporting pursuits.
Boxers Don Broadhurst and Liam Hutchinson are grateful their employer Goodna’s Irish Heart Hotel allows them to mix work with their sporting pursuits. Claudia Baxter

Rumble hotting up down under

AUSSIE soap operas planted the seed in Don Broadhurst's head but he's going to have to endure some pain to live the dream.

Broadhurst, who hails from Birmingham, England, has only been in Australia a month.

He has found work at the Irish Heart Hotel at Goodna while pursuing his dream of a boxing world title from a sunnier location than Birmingham.

It is no surprise Broadhurst likes the place after winning a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

But it was back here on holiday over New Year he made the call to move permanently.

"Since I was young watching Home and Away and Neighbours and that kind of thing, I always wanted to come to Australia," the 28-year-old said.

"The people are so nice and it's a better way of life. And the weather's better."

After his Commonwealth Games gold Broadhurst turned pro and won the Commonwealth super flyweight title in his ninth professional fight in 2008.

But from there the dream began to sour. "I defended my title a couple of times but lost it in my 12th fight, to the British champion by three points," he said.

"In England there is a big pool of boxers and if you're not the flavour of the month, if you have a loss, you're pushed to the back of the pile.

"In the gym here I'm happy.

"In England I wasn't always happy in the gym I was at."

Broadhurst takes on Thai fighter Yodsaenkeng Kietmangee over six rounds at Gambaro's restaurant, Paddington, on Thursday.

The goal remains to win a world title and his trainer Gareth Williams has no hesitation endorsing it.

"I'm looking at five fights then either going to Japan or Mexico to challenge for a world title," Williams said.

But first things first with Broadhurst and Williams knowing Thursday's fight won't be easy.

"My inactivity hasn't helped," Broadhurst conceded, having not fought since October last year.

"He's on the fringe of being world class and is struggling to get bouts.

"I expect him to be seasoned.

"He's probably been doing Thai boxing all his life so he'll be tough and durable."

They will fight at bantamweight, above Broadhurst's preferred 52.5kg flyweight, so the Englishman heads into the fight with a flexible plan. "You can't just have one game plan," he said.

"I've had over 100 fights.

"Have fought for England 42 times, including European championships.

"The only thing I've not done is the Olympics so there's not much I haven't seen."

Win, lose or draw, the diminutive Brummy won't be discouraged.

He knows he will get better and, more importantly, he's happy now.



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