Haskins blunts Broadhurst
British champ beats Commonwealth champ in scrappy dust-up
Last Updated: 13/12/09 12:07pm
Lee Haskins added the Commonwealth super-flyweight title to his British belt after beating Don Broadhurst in a scrappy points win in Newport.
With plenty of verbals in the build-up, it was reasonable to expect a decent tear-up as Commonwealth champ Broadhurst collided with British champ Haskins.
However, the preceding war of words provided far more entertainment than the fight itself, with an ungainly encounter seeing little style or punching but plenty of holding and wrestling.
The unorthodox style of Bristol switch-hitter Haskins tied Broadhurst up in knots, and the former talented amateur could never find his rhythm and fell into the trap of fighting Haskins' fight.
The 26-year-old was hardly polished himself, but he at least found the target with a few shots during the fight, and he was clearly the better man against a befuddled Broadhurst.
The judges scored the contest 117-113, 116-113, 116-113 all in Haskins' favour as he took away Broadhurst's Commonwealth strap to add to his British title at super-flyweight.
Haskins improves to 20-2 and is now looking for a European title shot, while Broadhurst has to go back to the drawing board after losing his first professional fight following 11 previous wins.
"I've been underdog for this fight but I've trained hard and I thought it was a good enough fight," Haskins told Sky Sports after the fight.
"In the build up to this fight me and Don had some words and we knew it was going to be a messy fight but we just wanted to do anything we could to win.
"A win is a win and I'm the champ. I'm the king of the super flyweight division and I own it."
Two of Britain's Beijing Olympic medallists also had disappointing fights in Newport, with David Price and Tony Jeffries both first round winners against below-par opponents.
Giant heavyweight Price just took 33 seconds and one punch to floor a frightened Dmitrijs Basovs, and it was only marginally harder for Jeffries as he finished off Anrejs Tolstihs in two minutes 17 seconds.
"They have to learn, and they won't learn from fights like that, but we'll look to step it up next year as they're both ready to step it up now," said promoter Frank Maloney.
"You have to be careful, these are young fighters just learning their way, but when you bring these guys in to fight them you don't quite know what you're getting. You don't want to overmatch them but you don't want to undermatch them either.
"I offered the (Jeffries) fight to three British fighters, I won't name them, but they all turned it down so we had to look elsewhere."