Haskins from Bristol, earned a unanimous verdict from all three judges with the pre fight unbeaten favorate Broadhurst not performing as many expected and the pre-fight hype promised.
With plenty of verbals in the build-up, we were expecting a decent fight as Commonwealth champion Broadhurst and British champ Haskins, finally met, to defend there titles against each other.Indeed the war of words proved more entertaining, with not many telling punches landed, but plenty of holding on and wrestling.
Broadhurst just couldnt get to grips with Haskin’s unorthodox style, the constant switch-hitting from Haskins had Broadhurst almost confussed at times and the former talented amateur could just not find a rhythm, and was made to fight Haskin’s fight.
The 26 year old Bristol man Haskins was hardly at his best, but found the odd decent punch to take the telling rounds, scores for the fight were 117-113, 116-113, 116-113 all in favour of Haskins.
Haskins record is now 20-2 and now hopes to add a European title to his mounting collection, but for Broadhurst who is now 11-1 must look at the tapes, work out were he went wrong, and get back in the gym, tonight just wasnt his night, he can come again.
“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.”
Liverpool heavyweight Price just took 33 seconds and one punch to floor a terrified looking Dmitrijs Basovs, and it was just as easy a nights work for Jeffries as he fstopped 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. By. Chris Maylett