Broadhurst goes down with liver damage

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Trent Broadhurst is out with injury. Picture: Ric Frearson

BRISBANE’S world No. 10 light-heavyweight Trent Broadhurst is bravely fighting back from a devastating blow that has left him with a lacerated liver and doctor’s orders not to fight until July.

Coming off the biggest win of his career over former world title challenger Nader Hamdan at Adelaide Oval last month, Broadhurst was due to face slick 79kg American Travis Reeves on Saturday night at the Eatons Hill Hotel until disaster sent him to his knees.

Broadhurst’s big fight was knocked cold when he was badly injured sparring with Townsville cruiserweight (90kg) Mark Flanagan at the Eastside Gym in West End last week. He was discharged from Princess Alexandra Hospital on Sunday after being diagnosed with a lacerated liver.

Saturday night’s fight card will still go ahead with the main event now a Queensland 70kg title showdown between Kolby Johnston and red-hot Adrian Rodriguez — the partner of international UFC star Bec Rawlings.

Johnston is the grandson of North Queensland Wildman Don “Bronco’’ Johnson, one of Australia’s most exciting fighters from the 1950s.

Trent Broadhurst is out with injury. Picture: Darren England

Trent Broadhurst is out with injury. Picture: Darren EnglandSource:News Corp Australia

Reeves, 36, has returned home to Baltimore while Broadhurst, 28, has been told not to do any training for at least a month after what his promoter Angelo Di Carlo called a “freak accident’’ last Thursday

“It was the last round of the last sparring session before the fight,’’ Di Carlo said.

“Mark hit Trent on the elbow and the force of Trent’s elbow hitting his body broke a rib and damaged his liver.

“Trent was in a pretty bad way. He was having trouble breathing and the doctors kept him in hospital until Sunday.

“But I’ve spoken with the International Boxing Federation in New Jersey and they will allow Trent to keep his world No. 10 ranking. We’re hoping to still fight Reeves in July after Trent has recovered fully.’’

Also on Saturday night, rising star James MacDonald faces Sam Williams for the Queensland 59kg title.

Originally published as Broadhurst goes down with liver damage