HIS boxing pursuit may only be in its infancy, but Rob Powdrill is beginning to make a career out of scoring upsets.
The 31-year-old combat sports veteran, who has developed a name as a well-rounded Muay Thai threat, will look to earn a hat-trick of regional title wins against world rated light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst later tonight.
This year alone, Powdrill (6-1, 1 KO) has secured two regional titles in two divisions, avenging his lone career blemish to David Letizia to open his 2015 campaign, while also upsetting Kiwi Sam Rapira on the road.
When asked about the frequency of the upset calls, which seem to follow all of his victories, Powdrill acknowledged that the gap in experience that he constantly seeks to bridge may play a role in people’s thinking.
“I think it’s because all of my opponents have had more experience than me,” said Powdrill in an interview with Aus-Boxing. “To be honest, I like it that way – I’ve never fought a bum – and I’ve never had it easy,”
Powdrill’s honesty and general lack of awareness about the quality of his opposition is somewhat refreshing, given the calibre of opponent he seems to regularly attract.
Amazingly, Powdrill signed to face Broadhurst on four weeks notice, but also without knowing very much about his talented counterpart. This was made clear when we called on him to describe Broadhurst’s best traits.
“I don’t know much about him,” he quipped. “But I’ll find out on the night,”
Despite the short notice, Powdrill refuses to make any excuses about his preparation for this fight, insisting that he has trained vigorously to put in a career-best performance at the Mansfield Tavern.
“My last fight was a kickboxing fight in Spain a couple months ago,” admitted Powdrill. “I was a bit slack since I got back as I was busy working. But I have been training hardcore for these last four weeks,”
“I think the fans can expect to be entertained,”
Given the odds that have been stacked against him, Powdrill’s confidence is remarkable. The West Australian has no doubt in his mind that he will score another upset, hoping it will lead to bigger money fights.
“If and when it goes my way, it’ll be huge,” he concluded.
“Hopefully, I start making some big money before my time is up,”
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