WBO World No. 14 David Light Set to Defend Oriental Title Against Australia's Trent Broadhurst

Undefeated New Zealand Cruiserweight David Light (14-0) mounts the first defense of his WBO Oriental title inside Sydney’s ICC Exhibition Centre on Friday, 6 December, when he takes on Australia's Trent Broadhurst (22-3), in the opening bout of his new five-fight contract with No Limit Boxing Promotions.

The ten-round contest, will feature on the undercard of the heavily anticipated Tim Tszyu - Jack Brubaker bout. The 28-year-old Light, who trains out of West Auckland's Peach Boxing, is currently ranked 14th in the world by the WBO and is targeting a world title shot in 2020.

"We are in it for the journey, at the end of the journey is the world title, so we are thinking, how do we challenge ourselves? How do we keep ourselves on our toes? How do we constantly push ourselves to be better? Every opponent being a bit tougher is just part and parcel of the journey." Light said.

So far, 2019 has been an exceptional year for Light. The 2014 Commonwealth Games Silver medalist captured the WBO Oriental Cruiserweight title in May after he defeated Australia's Mark Flanagan. Light followed his win over Flanagan up with a thrilling victory over Mexico's German Garcia, in August.

"Coming off our last fight, we were a bit shaky in the first round. We have just been tightening up everything and looking at everything at the base level, making sure we are getting the basic rights. Our motto since the beginning is to keep fighting, to keep stepping up, keep training. So that keeps a bit of pressure on you at all times to keep growing. So I am really happy to be back." Light said.

Light's trainer Isaac Peach has left no stone unturned throughout Light's current training camp. Broadhurst has previously challenged for the WBA Light Heavyweight World Title, and Peach is expecting Light to rise to the occasion and showcase his championship credentials.

"I want to see a really good clinical performance, the last fight we underestimated the guy, and he [Garcia] was brilliant. He gave us so much, we learned so much from our last fight. We are on; everything is on mentally; there is no underestimating Broadhurst. This has been the most brutal camp he [Light] has done. He has gone through hell to fight this guy. Hopefully, it lasts some rounds, because there has been a lot of work. A lot of work has gone into this," Peach said.

Written by Harry Greenfield

Harry Greenfield is New Zealand Fighter’s Executive Editor. Residing in Christchurch, he has a passion for combat sports, especially MMA, and is our man on the scene down south.

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