By: Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
In his last fight Ricky Boylan dropped a majority decision to Tyler Goodjohn for the vacant English light welterweight title. However, Goodjohn has since vacated giving Boylan a second opportunity to try and claim the title against the unbeaten a Tommy Martin at the O2 Arena on January 31st.
While Boylan may have chalked up his first loss in his last outing, Eddie Hearn has got him a second chance and Boylan doesn’t lack any confidence going into this fight with Martin and he knows he has to go out there and out on a show.
“First of all thanks to Eddie Hearn for getting me in this position again, straight away after coming off the loss to Tyler Goodjohn.
“Tommy’s a good fighter, he’s a good mover and he’s got good boxing ability but, it’s a fight I’m 110% confident in winning and I just can’t wait to get in there. I’ve got to go out there and put on a show and win in style.”
Looking back on his last fight The 26-year old didn’t have the best preparation. He split with his coach and teamed up with Jamie Moore up in Manchester, just two and half weeks before the fight with Goodjohn. Now Boylan feels a full training camp with Moore this time will stand him in good stead.
“I had two and half weeks with Jamie (Moore) last time and as you know that’s not ideal preparation going into what was probably the biggest fight of my career.
“I’ve had a full training with Jamie and Nigel (Travis) and I just feel like I’m learning all the time and things that they are teaching me I’m pulling them off in sparring. I’m trying new things out and it’s working. I think everyone is going to see the change on January 31st.”
The Carshalton fighter isn’t looking past his fight with Martin but, a fight he would still like is a rematch with Goodjohn.
“I’m not calling him out or anything, I respect him, he beat me on the night and there’s no excuses. Whether I had two and a half weeks up here or not. Obviously as a fighter I want to put that loss right because I know I’m capable of beating him.”
After Goodjohn vacated the English title, Boylan once again has the chance to fight for it and sees this as a an opportunity to bring him a step closer to challenging for the sought-after British title.
“I need this fight massively and winning it (English title) will put me right back up there in the British title mix.
“Obviously Chris Jenkins is mandatory for Willie Limind. So, maybe in a couple fights time I can get a shot at one of them… But, I’m 100% focused on January 31st and I know I’ve got to go out there and put on a show and win in style just to bounce back.”
With just over three weeks to go to fight night Boylan promises fans they will see a different fighter against Martin.
“They’ll see a little bit more thought going into my attacks. Jamie and Nigel are very technical and they’re working on my defence, also getting in close, head movement and to be fair they’ve worked on everything. Hopefully they will notice the improvements on January 31st.
“I’ve had a good training camp and everything has gone well I’m just looking forward to getting in there and winning that title.”
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