SMITH & BROADHURST LIGHT UP MELBOURNE UNDERCARD
By TOM WATT on Aug 17 2015
Friday night’s show from the Melbourne Pavilion saw Boxing return to Free-To-Air TV but it was the undercard that stole the show with wins from Richard Smith and Trent Broadhurst standing out from the rest.
Richard Smith v Joel Camilleri
Newcastle-based Smith came into the fight as a real outsider against the much-fancied local, Joel Camilleri who was looking to take his own record to 10-3 (Smith came in unbeaten in 5 fights) and move up in the rankings. However Smith had not read the script and had other ideas, from the minute the fight started he was in close with Camilleri, scoring shots on the inside before tying up. Camilleri perhaps landed the bigger shots in the opening rounds but the overall effectiveness was coming from Smith who didn’t allow his more experienced opponent to settle at all.
As the fight wore on Camilleri became visibly more frustrated and Smith continued to pile on the pressure that has characterised his fledgling pro-career, not allowing Camilleri any time to settle or to get into a rhythm. The fight continued at a frantic pace as the Melbourne crowd were treated to a battle to the finish, neither man wanting to give ground. As the sixth and final round began it seemed as if Smith was probably in the driving seat although it had been a very close fight throughout, Camilleri seemed confident that he was ahead and didn’t want to engage as readily as he had in previous rounds and it was Smith that was the aggressor as the fight rounded out. Smith had done enough and moved to 6-0 with this win, he is now ranked #11 in Australia and will be looking to make moves towards that Aussie Title soon.
Trent Broadhurst v Affif Belghecham
Trent Broadhurst was probably the most notable name left off the TV card on Friday and he set about showing everyone why he should be part of the main event from the minute the first bell sounded against experienced Frenchman, Affif Belghecham – a man that has shared the ring with the likes of current and former World Champions Andy Lee and Darren Barker. Broadhurst sprung into action straight away and began to control the contest with his jab and upper body movement, pushing Belghecham backwards and landing crisp shots almost at will.
Affif offered little resistance as the fight wore on as Broadhurst continued to exhibit the slick skills and power that have seen him shoot up in the regional rankings as he pursues a regional Title and/or the opportunity for revenge with New Zealand’s Robert Berridge. Belghecham went 10 rounds with Blake Capparello in his last outting as well as having gone the distance with Lee and Barker in his previous fights so there was no question about his durability and the French-born fighter did well to tie Broadhurst up when he could and make life difficult for the Queenslander.
That was about all he could muster though as the gulf in class between the two fighters continued to show, by the time the final bell sounded there was little to no doubt who the victor had been. Broadhurst took the Unanimous Decision win 60-54 (x2) & 59-55. Broadhurst can now look forward to pushing himself through the Regional rankings and carving out a path to a World Title, a path he hopes will lead through Berridge.
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