TAMWORTH-based boxer Don Broadhurst is set for a Villa Park rematch with Brett Fidoe in March – and this time a Midland title will be at stake.
Former Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Broadhurst outpointed Fidoe in the Holte Suite in November.
The referee scored the bout 40-37 in the Tamworth ace's favour – but it was a close run thing, with Broadhurst picking up a cut on his left eyebrow that needed a stitch, while he also had problems with his boots.
Broadhurst said: "I am back in the gym after the New Year now and ready for a tough 9-10 week training camp.
"I'll be fighting Fidoe again for a Midland title, on March 14.
"It was a close fight last time out, I will admit that myself.
"Pretty much everyone said that I had won the fight but his manager felt that it had gone in his favour.
"So I am giving him the opportunity to take me on again and this time we are fighting for something significant over 10 rounds.
"I will be making sure there will be no questions after this next fight."
His November bout had been Broadhurst's first fight after 12 months out of the sport and he admitted he had had to blow away a few cobwebs.
"It wasn't my best performance last time," he said. "I sustained a cut and had blood in my eye.
"My boots wouldn't stick to the canvas either and, in between rounds, my corner were putting tape around them and putting Coca Cola on the soles to make them stick.
"A lot of things didn't go right. I was probably a bit ring rusty too and a little nervous being back in front of my home fans.
"But I got through it and got the win and that's all that matters at the end of the day.
"I really enjoyed being back in action, especially at Villa Park.
"My dad and I are big fans. He still tells me about Villa's glory years," added the 29-year-old.
"I'm just dreaming of some silverware for the Villa again soon.
"Some Villa success and a title for me would be great in 2014!
"The Midland crown would be a good start and the stepping stone to national titles, even world titles.
"That's still my ambition and I believe it is realistic.
"I still have high aspirations and I have confidence in my own ability.
"At the end of the day, you see people like the legendary Bernard Hopkins, a world champion at 48 and it shows boxers can go on a long time.
"I consider myself to be a sprightly 29-year-old and still feel that I have got a lot to offer so I am looking forward to a busy year."