We spoke to Leeds boxer Terry Broadbent about his career so far and his comeback fight at Elland Road
After taking a brief period away from the sport, Terry Broadbent returns to the ring on the 1st September at the Elland Road Banqueting Suite.
As an entertaining fighter in the ring and the training partner of beloved Yorkshire heavyweight boxer David Allen, Manchester fighter John Murray and former world champion Stuart Hall, Terry’s reputation gives him a massive platform to further his career over the next 12 months. We met up with him recently to find out about his comeback, his ambitions and his journey so far.
So how did you originally get into boxing and can you tell us a bit about your journey so far?
I got into boxing because I have an identical twin brother, we’re both small, we’re both from a council estate and people tried to pick on us in school because of our height. So basically, I decided to get into amateur boxing!
Straight away, I did a few spars with some kids that had already been there for years and really held my own. I took to it naturally, had a few amateur fights and then I turned professional.
I won my first three fights, two by knockout and then I boxed the British champion Lee Haskins, who then went on to win a world title, and I’ve had a few fights since then.
So your last bout was in 2014, what inspired you to retire after that fight?
I fought a guy called Anthony Nelson, who was unbeaten, in front of his home crowd for an English title and lost to him on a very close decision. But at the time, I was boxing and working full time and I was only putting 50% of my effort into each.
People that know me personally will know that I owned a contract cleaning company, dealing with casinos, hotels and schools around Leeds. I was doing that with my twin brother and it was taking up all of our time! It came to a point where I had to choose between that and boxing, and the business was getting too big to let go.
However, I’ve sold my share in the business because my passion is boxing. Now, I’ve got enough money behind me to pay my bills so I can concentrate on boxing and do what I love.
Talk to us about your comeback fight in September.
The opponent hasn’t been announced yet but it’s a comeback fight so I can shake off some ring rust. It’s at Elland Road on the 1st September and young Leeds boxer Jack Bateson is making his debut on the card so it’s a really good local bill. I actually had my first professional fight at Elland Road so it’s a really good place for me to come back. I’m more determined, I can put more in and I’m just gonna show people that I’ve still got it, more so than ever!
What is your overall ambition in boxing? What do you want to achieve?
Whenever your professional in any sport, you want to be as a good as you possibly can. For me, the goal is to box for a world title and I know for a fact that I can do that.
Terry Broadbent returns to the ring on September 1st at Elland Road. You can get tickets by contacting him on 07908491684.