By: Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
This Saturday night at the O2 Arena, Tyler Goodjohn takes on unbeaten Ricky Boylan for the vacant English light welterweight title.
Back in April this year Goodjohn lost a wide points decision against the slick Tyrone Nurse in his first attempt at trying to claim the English title. But just a few weeks after the loss to Nurse, 23-year old Goodjohn would show his hunger and desire to fight by calling out Carshalton’s Boylan on twitter. After exchanging some verbals the two men will finally get it on this Saturday night.
Goodjohn hasn’t had it easy so far in his short career and thinks this Saturday fans can expect an exciting fight.
“It’s a fight I’ve wanted since last year when I fought Danny Connor and he (Boylan) fought Tony Owen at the ExCel… We’ve both got similar styles, come forward exciting styles and we both have a massive fan base. I’ve always got on with Ricky outside the ring. I always thought we would end up fighting and when it happens it’ll be an exciting fight. For me he’s 12-0, but he hasn’t really fought anyone. So it’s obviously a big step up for him and I’ve got to prove I’m at that level as well. It’s going to be an interesting fight.”
It’s no secret Goodjohn has been asking for this fight for sometime and he feels all the exposure Boylan has had since signing with Matchroom he hasn’t warranted it and that nothing Boylan has done has stood out or even excited Goodjohn.
“I seen Ricky at the York Hall last April and he was doing a six rounder on one of the Prizefighter shows and I just felt for someone who has had all the exposure, like being on Ringside, signing with Matchroom and everything else that’s gone on, I just didn’t think anything stood out for me that warranted all this exposure. I just thought he’s an average sort of boxer. He’s been protected as well, fighting four and six rounders. He’s built that record of 12-0, it looks great, but on paper, looking at the guys he’s fought nothing particularly worries me. If I beat him I’ll be the first person to out a loss on his record so it makes me look good.”
Being only 23-years old and with a record of 10-3, (4 KO’s), Goodjohn has plenty of years left in his career and he feels a win on Saturday night will open doors to bigger and better fights domestically.
“I’ve not had an easy career. I’ve fought some really good people. At this stage to win that English title, obviously I fought Tyrone Nurse for it six months ago, if I can fight for it and win it in the same year that’ll be great. For me the experience I’ve picked up this year is brilliant. If I win it I’ll probably make a defence of it, then see what comes up really. Obviously Nurse just got beat for the Comonwealth which has flipped the division on his head. Then you’ve got the British, which I think Willie Limind will vacate as he’s going for the European I think. A lot of doors will open up. Boxing is funny sometimes, one moment things aren’t going for you, then all of a sudden it’s all in front of you.”
In his last outing Goodjohn slumped to a wide points defeat against Nurse and by his own admission he didn’t have the best camp leading up to the fight, but he has took away some positives from the contest.
“To be honest with the Nurse fight nobody wanted to fight him for it. I got offered it and I took it. I’m not making any excuses, but I had the worst camp. I ended up injuring my Costal cartridge sparring Kevin Mitchell. I got over that, then two weeks before the Nurse fight I got a cut across my nose. It was one of those fights that just wasn’t meant to happen. Everything that could of went wrong, went wrong. I went into the fight because I thought, English title, the risk is worth the reward. It didn’t come off, but it was a great fight… But I’ve learnt it’s another tough 10 rounds in the bank against a good fighter at title level. I should be able to go in there and win it this time.”
Domestically the light welterweight division is stacked with talent and Goodjohn would love to fight anyone in that top 10. All going well this Saturday night.
“To be honest the fight that makes sense is a fight with John Wayne Hibbert, If I come through Ricky Boylan. He’s (Hibbert) been making a lot of noise that he wants to fight the winner of me and Boylan. If someone is trying to call me out and make noise and say I’m avoiding fights, I want to go straight into a fight with them. Hibbert’s fighting on the same bill as me on Saturday, so hopefully if we both come through our fight we can sort it out before the end of the year. Then perhaps move on to fight someone like Dave Ryanin the new year or someone like that.”
You can catch Boylan Vs. Goodjohn live on SkySports 1. Coverage starts at 20:30.
Also on the bill Lee Selby takes on Joel Brunker in an IBF final eliminator. Rising heavyweight Anthony Joshua Vs. Dennis Bakhtov.
John Ryder will fight for the WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky and then light welterweights John Wayne Hibbert will take on Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez for vacant WBC international and Philip Bowes will contest the vacant Southern Area title.