Broadbent eyes blockbusting return to the ring in Leeds

Tommy Broadbent.
Tommy Broadbent.
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Tommy Broadbent “can’t wait” for an “incredible” return to the ring on the MaxiNutrition Knockout semi-finals undercard at Leeds Town Hall tonight, live on Channel 5.

The Leeds light middleweight has been out of the ring since 2011 due to finance issues and is delighted to be back in action thanks to help from his sister and Emmerdale star Kelli Hollis.

“I can’t wait for Saturday, it’s going to be incredible,” Broadbent said. “I have been out since 2011 and I had to have the time away from the ring because of finances really – I couldn’t afford to keep training and boxing without working and then with the recession, I couldn’t do it.

“My sister (Kelli Hollis) she’s in Emmerdale and before that she was in Shameless and she is backing me now – she’s helping me out and she’ll be bringing some of the cast down as well – it’s going to be a great night.”

With the backing of his sister Kelli, Broadbent is hoping to put on a “big performance” and push on with his career.

“It’s been hard, but I’m back now and I want to go out there and send a statement and repay the faith being shown in me,” said Broadbent.

“I’m in the best shape of my life – I know I have the ability – I’m ready, I’m more than ready.

“I want to get my name back out there and put on a big performance for everyone.”

Broadbent fights on the undercard to the MaxiNutrition Knockout semi-finals where newly-crowned British light heavyweight champion and Leeds fighter Bob Ajisafe takes on Southern Area champion Leon Senior.

Ajisafe said: “I’m feeling good, I’m on track and I’ve stayed sharp from my last fight against Dean Francis. I’m excited to be fighting in the semi-finals at Leeds Town Hall and I want to put a good show on in my home town – I couldn’t ask for any more really.

“It’s good to be at home in Leeds, I have good support there and I want to showcase my skills there and again on Channel 5.

“It would be brilliant to be the first ever winner of the tournament and bring that title to Leeds would be another excellent performance.”

Elsewhere on the card, newly-crowned English champion Travis Dickinson makes the first defence of his title against Central Area champion Matty Clarkson. The night will also feature a whole host of exciting talent on the undercard including former world heavyweight title contender and Wladimir Klitschko opponent ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers, Leeds fighter Damo Jones, Bradford’s Darren Tetley and former WBC world light welterweight champion Junior Witter and Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe.

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