His opponent is regarded as one of the most exciting emerging Light-Heavyweight fighters on the planet, 26-year-old Dmitry Bivol from St Petersburg in Russia is the country’s national champion, and a three-time defender of the interim WBA World Title.
Bivol boasts an impeccable fight record of eleven wins from eleven fights, nine by way of devastating knock out, and it seems the Boxing World expects him to improve his KO percentage when he steps into the ring against Australia’s Trent Broadhurst in Monte Carlo on the 4th of November.
While the big hitting Russian is capturing international headlines ahead of the HBO World Title fight, Broadhurst in stark contrast was last week working as a scaffolder on a local building site, that all changed this week with the team relocating to a purpose-built ring and gym in the Runaway Bay Junior Rugby League Club on the Gold Coast.
It’s a humble, no thrills environment with a real focus on intensity as Broadhurst prepares for the biggest fight of his outstanding career.
“I’m feeling very good, feeling very fit, yeah it’s probably the toughest camp I have had so far, so it’s been a big confidence boost the condition I am in at the moment”
“It’s a World Championship fight, so you have to lift to that extra level, you know what I mean, it’s the pinnacle of my sport so you are going to do everything you can in your power to get in the best possible shape for the fight and to achieve the goals we have set and worked so hard for as a team”
When asked what he knows about his Russian Adversary, Broadhurst was straight to the point, under no illusions about Bivols jaw rattling capabilities, equally confident he has the fight plan in place to shock the fight fraternity.
“He is a KO artist man, he’s been steamrolling through everyone at the moment, but I am going to bring something a bit different to the fight night, something he hasn’t seen before and something that I don’t think he is going to be able to handle”
The Australian Light Heavy-Weight champion has every reason to approach the bout with confidence, he is after all the reigning WBA Oceania Light Heavyweight Champion, the IBF Pan Pacific Lightweight Champion and the IBF International Light Heavyweight Title holder.
The 29-year-old boasting a twenty-one and one win loss record, his last victory against fellow Australian Nader Hamdan, Broadhurst stopping the Sydney sider with a third round TKO in February this year.
Broadhurst is happy for Bivol to hog the media spotlight in the lead up to the bout, focussing instead on his preparation and quietly going about his business, his sole focus on being in the best possible shape he can be for what he recognises as the biggest opportunity of his career.
“Yeah, no pressure, everyone is expecting him to bowl me over like he has been doing to his previous opponents, so I have had no pressure on me for once which is a bit of a relief, but yeah it just gives you that extra little bit of confidence as well knowing that there is no expectation for the fight”
“My sole focus has just been on effort, the effort at training and intensity has been through the roof during our sessions, and we have just worked hard to make sure we have a strong mental focus”
For those of you who enjoy the odd wager, the odds are stacked against our boy, with Bivol paying $1.01 with Broadhurst paying in a whopping $13.00
The team at Zoo Sport are certainly getting behind our Aussie battler, supplying team Broadhurst with a full range of quality, Zoo Sport training apparel.
Just for the record, after watching Trent release his animal instinct at training today, we are also going to have a sneaky wager on an Aussie Victory.