13th October 2011
British and Commonwealth champion Lee Haskins added the Prizefighter trophy to his silver wear haul on Wednesday night, when the odds on Bristol favorite won the Super Flyweight Prizefighter tournament at the Olympia in Liverpool.
Haskins proved to be a level above his less experienced comrades and didn’t lose a round in his quarter final, semi and final against former foe Don Broadhurst, Haskins finished his impressive night, knocking down the Birmingham man twice en route to a comfortable points victory.
Haskins, 27, had defeated Broadhurst previously on points over the 12 round championship distance in 2009, when he took the Birmingham boxers Commonwealth title in a fight that was easy to forget. But in the Prizefighter final the pair made up for there first meeting in just 3 pulsating rounds.
The slick southpaw Haskins, outpointed Terry Broadbent in the first quarter final of the night, and then continued with a wide semi-final victory against Liverpool homeboy Ryan Farrag, who had shocked English champion Craig Lyon in his previous fight.
The self styled Playboy proved beyond doubt that he is the best Super-Flyweight in the country, not conceding any ground throughout his three bouts to pick up the winners cheque of £32,000.
A big fight and possible world title chance is surely not far away for the impressive domestic title holder. Haskins dropped Broadhurt in the second round with a sweet right counter punch as he retreated away, Broadhurst hit the canvas and did well to get up, but his legs and senses never quite recovered.
Haskins went on to to win widely 30-25 (twice) and 30-26 which were a reflection of Haskins’ superiority over his opponent.
“I’d like to thank Matchroom for giving me this chance.” said Haskins afterwards.
“It was a great opportunity for me – I’m beating everybody that’s put in front of me and taking every belt that’s on offer, I don’t know what else I can do! – I want my title chance,”
“I didn’t think I got hit really at all – I got a few headbutts but that’s part of boxing. I could have fought all seven of them to be honest.
“I’ve beaten Don before and he thought he could beat me this time but I beat him even easier this time.
“I definitely deserve a world title shot. I’m ready for it.”
Broadhurst had impressed on his way to the final beating Usman Ahmed in his quarter-final of the evening and in the semi-finals Broadhurst just tipped the judges favour with a tight split decision against local boxer Mike Robinson.
There was no doubt that the fight of the night was in the 4th quarter-final when Scouser Ryan Farrag was cheered to the rafters by his fans to shock the current English champion Craig Lyon, in a thrilling three-round ding dong of non stop action and edge of the seat theatre, that typified the ethos of The Prizefighter format.
Farrag had the better of the first round before Lyon looked to take control in the second, but a six punch combination ended with a left hook that spun the head of Lyon sending the St Helens man to the canvas.
Lyon did well to get up and carry on and although he pushed Farrag to the finish, the Liverpudlian novice hung on to take a great victory. He came unstuck in his semi final against eventual champion Haskins, but in a bloody affair didn’t disgrace himself
Farrag with only 4 fights to his name coming in the tournament had to take on the English champion and then the British and Commonwealth belt holder and didn’t disgrace himself, the experience will serve him well in his future ring endeavours.
How the nights results panned out..
Don Broadhurst beat Usman Ahmed by UD
Mike Robinson beat Nathan Reeve by UD
Lee Haskins beat Terry Broadbent by UD
Ryan Farrag beat Craig Lyon by UD
Broadhurst beat Robinson by SD
Haskins beat Farrag by UD
Haskins beat Broadhurst by UD
By Chris Maylett
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