Trent Broadhurst on Rob Powdrill: “I underestimate no one”

TRENT Broadhurst knows a thing or two about underestimating his opposition.

Once upon a time, Broadhurst took a willing Robert Berridge lightly and paid the ultimate price. Ahead of the biggest fight of his career on free-to-air television tonight, Broadhurst insists that it’ll never happen again.

Broadhurst, 27, was originally slated to face Australian light heavyweight champion Kerry Foley, only for the highly anticipated grudge match to fall over due to injury, with the dangerous Rob Powdrill taking his place.

“It was disappointing that Foley pulled out again, he was talking a lot of shit,” said Broadhurst in an interview with Aus-Boxing. “I was looking forward to shutting him up, but not too much has changed with our game plan,”

“I just need to do what I do and use my skills on the night to get the job done.”

Powdrill, 31, made an unlikely rise to prominence last year with a spectacular one-punch knockout over previously unbeaten Damien Hooper. When quizzed on his opponents biggest win, Broadhurst puts it down to luck.

“I’ve sparred hundreds of rounds with Hooper – so I know what he’s capable of – with that being said, I do think it was a lucky punch. But in this game sometimes that’s all it takes,”

“Hooper wasn’t focused for that fight, I could see that in him, he underestimated Powdrill and paid the price. I underestimate no one and respect each and every guy that is put in front of me,”

“I too learnt the hard way in the Berridge fight so I will never make the mistake of underestimating anyone again.”

A win for Broadhurst (16-1, 10 KOs) would see the Slacks Creek native earn an IBF affiliated regional strap and more importantly, a potential world rating with the respected sanctioning body.

After a horrendous run with injuries since turning professional, Broadhurst believes that the time lost on the sidelines will be all worth it if he’s able to get past Powdrill (6-1, 1 KO) tonight.

“I’ve had two injuries to my right hand and spent one year out of the ring each time,” he elaborated. “It was hard for me to be away from the sport and I struggled big time,”

“To be back injury free and putting a few fights back to back, it’s really satisfying for me that I’m able to repay the faith my team has shown in me.”

Broadhurst will be backed tonight by long-time head trainer Chris McCullen, a man who Broadhurst speaks highly of in the capacity of both a mentor and a friend, while also crediting him for his improvement in the paid ranks.

“He is a great man,” concluded Broadhurst. “He is not just a coach but a mentor and a friend. He has one of the best boxing brains you’ll find and is always picking up on the finer details,”

“I’m constantly improving and with him being an ex-fighter he knows what we go through and for me that’s comforting.”

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