Boxing Update 26/02 – By Paul Ready

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The monks who founded Hull in the 12th Century would have been turning in their grave last week.

I’m sure they would of disapproved of rap freestyles and colourful street talk between Curtis Woodhouse & Darren Hamilton in the build up to Fighting Pride of Hull.

The only monk who would have endorsed that particular type of behaviour is the character played by Jason Statham in the movie “Mean Machine”

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I was surprised firstly at how good the fights ended up being; the Tommy Coyle v Daniel Brizuela one for example exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Before we discuss that, let’s look at the latest news:

Amir Khan


We found out on Friday evening that Amir Khan will not be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jnr on May 3rd.
The 27 yr old took to twitter and confirmed in a number of tweets that he felt Mayweather had dodged him as an opponent.
King Khan is of the belief that Maidana is an easier option and this has sparked mass debate of Floyd’s perceived “cherry picking” yet again.
Whilst I do genuinely sympathise with Khan for the shoddy treatment he has received from the Mayweather camp, there has been question marks of whether he was deserving in the first place.
Khan has fought 3 times since the start of 2012, two poor wins against Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz respectively and a TKO loss to Danny Garcia.

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His last outing was in April 2013 where he put in an abject display against Diaz in Sheffield.

This isn’t the type of preparation you have prior to facing the best boxer of our generation.

Amir has openly admitted that he should have faced Devon Alexander in December rather than opt out of the fight and “sign” to face Floyd.

In light of this recent news, it has sparked mass debate and hype around a potential match-up with long-term foe “Special K” Kell Brook.

Brook is mandatory for the IBF Welter title but he has admitted he would consider surrendering that if an opportunity to face Khan presents itself.

King Khan I’m certain will feel that he should face Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman or another top 147 fighter over facing Brook. Which I respect and is a fair argument.

But if he was to fight on Mayweather v Maidana under-card, it would be like attending the wedding of your ex who dumped you last year.

Embarrassing.

Forget pride, I wouldn’t go to the wedding and neither should Khan subject himself to fighting on the under-card.

He should seriously consider the highly lucrative Brook fight and should he win, use that as a pedestal to kick on with his career.

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Gavin McDonnell won the British Super-Bantamweight against Leigh Wood by a 6th round stoppage.

McDonnell, twin brother of Jamie the former IBF World Champion weathered a storm in the first half of the fight.

I had Wood winning comfortably before the ref intervened after a flurry of unanswered punches descended on him from McDonnell.

By securing the Lonsdale belt, Gavin and Jamie made British Boxing history by becoming the first twins to win it.

Luke Campbell displayed maturity in his 8 round stoppage against a resilient Scott Moises to take his record to 5-0.

Campbell got some much-needed rounds in the bank and adopted a patient approach in breaking Moises down.

You have to respect to Moises who absorbed the kitchen-sink that Campbell threw at him; I didn’t expect a stoppage but credit to the 26 yr old, he became the 1st man to stop the Norfolk native in his career.

Curtis Woodhouse delivered on a promise he made to his late father by winning the British Light-Welter belt against Darren Hamilton.

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Woodhouse a former professional footballer won on points to spark an emotional dedication of the victory to his father.

I felt Hamilton had done enough to edge it, despite Woodhouse arguably winning the late rounds.

But you couldn’t begrudge Woodhouse the victory and I will be surprised if he decides to continue as he should retire on a high.

He would admit himself that he has no aspirations to compete at European or indeed World Level.

Trained by Adam Booth and his team prior to the fight, their input in to preparation no doubt gave Woodhouse that extra boost between rounds can’t be overlooked.

Even for Booth, who has won world titles with David Haye in 2 weight divisions, this will rank high on his CV.

I take my hat off to Hamilton and manager Spencer Fearon; they displayed humility in defeat.

I have no doubt that Hamilton will come again and perhaps reclaim the Lonsdale belt should Woodhouse retire.

Coyle v Brizuela
Tommy “Boom Boom” Coyle defeated Daniel Brizuela in a pulsating fight that saw 8 knock-downs and 3 point deductions in total.

Coyle was stunned in the 2nd when he was caught with a right hand and hit the deck.

The 24 yr old was knocked down in the 6th with a sickening body shot that I was amazed he managed to get up from.

 

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Boom Boom knocked down the Argentine in the 8th with a right to go ahead on the cards for the first time in the fight.
Both fighters were penalised in the 8th and 9th respectively for low blows.

The 11th round wouldn’t have looked out-of-place in a Rocky movie. Brizuela twice chopped Coyle down with vicious body shots, exploiting a clear chink in his armour.

The man from Hull on the 2nd knockdown took an 8 count and proceeded to walk straight over to the Argentine and lamp him with a huge right.

Brizuela was sent sprawling to the canvas in my favourite moment of the fight.

In to the final round which you never wanted to end, Coyle retained his IBF International Lightweight title by throwing yet another right that dropped Brizuela. On this occasion the ref intervened to halt the fight to cue rapturous applause for Boom Boom.

In the post fight interview, when most men would attempt to catch their breath, Coyle spoke about aspirations of fighting Kevin Mitchell on the Froch Groves 2 under-card.

Whilst I think it would be a great fight, I feel that Kevin Mitchell is a level above Coyle at this stage.

Mitchell has looked superb of late since rejoining Tony Sims and I believe he would stop Coyle well within the distance.

Man of Steel – Glasgow

This Saturday sees the return of WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns against Terence Crawford after his broken jaw injury.
Burns who wrongly retained his belt against Raymond Beltran in September 2013 on points, has plenty to prove to his doubters after two poor displays of late.
The Rickster is relishing being the underdog in this bout against hot-favourite American Crawford who has been billed as future star of Top Rank’s stable.

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“I’ve been made out to be the underdog in some of those other big fights as well. It’s just taken more pressure off me,” he told Sky Sports.
“Obviously fighting at home in front of 10,000 fans, that’s big enough as it is.
“I always try and put that in the back of my mind. I know things are going well in the gym so I’m just hoping to go out there and put on a good performance because I’m due one, especially after the last couple of fights.”

Burns fully acknowledges that he is well over-due a big performance and I make comparisons to historical fights from ghosts of boxing past.

I view this fight as a Benn v McClellan, Calzaghe v Lacy and Froch v Bute moment for the Scot.

He has the backing of 10,000 partisan crowd and needs to blast Crawford away in emphatic fashion to make the rest of the world sit up and take notice.

The Glasgow crowd need to create an intimidating and volatile environment to give Burns a psychological edge from the outset.

I have seen 2 of Crawford’s fights and he is a tricky customer, he has the tools to make it a very difficult night for Rickster. It should make for compelling viewing.

With a stacked under card supporting it should be yet another great night for British boxing:

Anthony Joshua MBE v Hector Avila
John Murray v John Simpson
Scotty Cardle v Paul Appleby
David Brophy v Jamie Ambler
Anthony Ogogo v Gary O’Neill
Michael Roberts v Romain Peker
Martin J. Ward v Craig Woodruff
Ryan Smith v Ibrar Riyaz
Ryan Collins v Mariusz Bak
Scott Allan v Francis Croes

Internationally we have a number of cards taking place this weekend:

WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship
Robert Stieglitz v Arthur Abraham – Germany

Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr v Brian Vera – Texas, USA

WBO World Featherweight Championship

Orlando Salido v Vasyl Lomachenko – Texas, USA

 

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Tyler Goodjohn – El Tornado By Paul Ready

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Tyler “El Tornado” Goodjohn has already in his 11 years as a fighter encountered various cross roads in his career that would have made many quit boxing.

El Tornado didn’t and displays maturity that far outweighs his 22 yrs; for a young man who turned professional at the tender age of 18, it felt like I was listening to a 28 yr old.

What I found most endearing about Tyler was his passion & hunger to succeed in boxing; the time is nigh for him to prove many doubters wrong.

He for one can’t wait to do so.

When I first approached him to conduct an interview, I knew we would hit it off, Goodjohn is a huge Arsenal fan and his love for the “Gooners” is only surpassed by his one true love; boxing.

You would struggle to dislike Tyler after speaking to him, a genuine guy, big boxing fan and we spoke at a length about various match-ups he would like see.

El Tornado knows that he is 1 fight away from winning his first title and putting himself in the thick of the thriving British Light-Welterweight scene.

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Elite Boxing:

Who or what influenced you to become a boxer?

Tyler Goodjohn:

As a boy I was quite a chunky kid, my parents took me to a boxing club to lose weight. I was 11 and really struggled with it to begin with.

 I lost my first 7 amateur fight, what made it worse was my brother (who is 5 years older) was at the same club and was knocking people out for fun.

Looking back, I think if I was 16-17, my mates might have been telling me to pack it in and do something else.

 Suddenly it just clicked for me and took over his life. I had 70 amateur fights in total and ended up winning the juniors.

The club I was at was really small; we only had 1 punch-bag between 3 of us.

I still speak to my old trainer who is in now in his 70’s and he gives me some tips.

My older brother is still an amateur and whenever I get the time, I go watch his fights and support him.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my brother being there for me.

What boxing installed in me from a young age was determination not to fail. It’s something that now is transferable in every aspect of my life.

I hate failing at anything.

EB:

Who was your favourite fighter growing up and what fighters currently do you watch?

TG:

I would have to say Muhammed Ali; I loved his charisma and boxing style.

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched “When We Were Kings” (Based on Rumble in Jungle; Ali v Foreman in Zaire, Africa 1974).

Mike Tyson was another I loved watching as a boy.

Modern day fighters, I’m a big fan of Floyd Mayweather Jnr, I have huge respect for his style. He isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but defensively he is flawless.

At Simsy’s gym I’m in awe of Kevin Mitchell and previously Darren Barker, basically any fighters who have competed at world level, sparring with those guys is a big step up.

What is even more amazing about Mayweather is that he not only competes at World Level but he makes those he face look average, Floyd truly dominates them, you can’t get near him.

EB:

In December 2013 you had your 3rd fight with Danny Connor, tell me about the win and reflect back on the saga?

TG:

I honestly felt that I had done enough to win the 2nd fight.

I spoke to dad after the Danny Connor loss and he wanted me take over the family farm business.

I told him and mum that I’ve got to be selfish, I knew I wasn’t finished in boxing and had plenty more to give.

They supported my decision which I thank them for.

In the build up to the 3rd fight, I’m not ashamed to say that I suffered a few sleepless nights going over and over how it would pan out.

I was being slated for being farmer on Twitter, which didn’t bother me. I’m proud of my roots and rather than let it get to me, I made a joke of myself.

My family was apprehensive for him to do it, as they felt I was being a bit disrespectful to dad’s line of work.

But when I explained, they understood.

I’ve worked on the farm in-between fights; dealing with pigs and cows was my down time!

Winning that fight felt like a title to me, I was over the moon to finally put that issue to bed.

I’d like to thank the Fen Army, my supporters that come to my fights. You’ve been great for me.

 

EB:

Your surprise loss to Vinny Woolford in 2011, what happened & how did you learn from it?

TG:

Firstly I wasn’t in the best shape before. I was suffering from hypoglycemia, and kept it to myself. Looking back, this was a really naive move on my part to not mention it to anyone.

I was undefeated at the time and felt that I would comfortably win; I fully underestimated the extent of my health at that time.

I felt completely shot in that fight and was easily picked off by Vinny. No disrespect to him, but I wouldn’t of lost if I was at in my normal fighting condition.

I spent 4 months in hospital afterwards which was punishment enough.

This was a massive learning experience for me and it taught me to always be upfront with my condition to my trainer.

EB:

When you are in training camps, what do you do in your down time?

TG:

I moved down to Essex, from Ely to be closer to the gym. You will probably think I’m boring but I really don’t do anything exciting outside of boxing.

I tend to watch films and catch-up with friends when possible.

The feeling I get when I’ve left the gym after a huge session is the best feeling ever, you ask any true fighter they will tell you the same.

I had 2 hand injuries last year, that kept me out for 4 months off and had ended up having an operation.

My hand was in a cast, I initially thought it would be great as i’ve never really had much time off. After a very short period I was climbing the walls to get back in the gym.

I couldn’t even go home and help out dad on the family farm to take my mind off it.

I love boxing, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Most boxers would agree that they are mad to do this sport. But building up to fight night and the buzz you get when you win, you can’t describe it. It makes all the hard-work and sacrifice worthwhile.

I’m so focused to succeed in boxing.

When I go out with mates on the rare occasions and they are drinking, people come up to me and say:

“You must be having a terrible time Ty?!”

I smile at them and think to myself;

“Are you joking mate? You will be out drinking every weekend for the majority of your life. I’ve only got a short period of time in boxing and I intend to make the most of it. I’ve got the best job in the world!”

EB:

I’m sure you’ve got some great stories from your time in camp; do you have any in particular you wish to share?

TG:

I’ve just come back from Lanzarote with Wadi Camacho and Peter Sims where we had a training camp. Loads of high-altitude runs, real hard graft.

Wadi has a catch phrase “Yeah Buddy”,  when we were out there he had a bet with a British sparring partner we brought over that if he won in sparring, the other guy would get Yeah Buddy tattooed on him.

Fair play to the guy, he was from Devon and really game in the ring. Wadi won and the guy agreed to get the tattoo.

Wadi is half Spanish and can speak it, so when we went to the tattoo parlour, he spoke in Spanish to the tattooist and told him to put “Yeah Buddy #TeamCamacho” on his lower back.

Hilarious haha.

EB:

You’ve touched upon Simsy’s gym just there, you were previously trained by Tony and now by his brother Peter, give me an overview of your time there and the change in trainers…

TG:

I was with Tony Sims from 16/17 up until the 2nd Danny Connor fight.

Tony spoke to me after the loss and said that he didn’t feel he I would make it to British or European Level.

I respected his honesty and we decided to go our separate ways, no hard feelings.

I then trained myself, and got in to a position to have a British Masters fight.

Ryan Taylor text me one day to come spar against him Simsy’s. 

Peter was down there, we had always got on well and he offered to do the corner for me in the spar with Ryan.

Afterwards, Peter spoke to me and said:

“You aren’t finished yet, you’ve got much more to give”.

Peter agreed to be in my corner for the British Masters fight and we agreed to speak after about what was next.

I ended up winning the British masters and relationship went from there.

I would be the first to admit that I sometimes need to have an arm round me to get the best performance from me.

We get on so well and really clicked together, I’m going to watch the football round his shortly (Arsenal v Bayern)

I can’t thank Peter enough for what he has done for me; for example he paid for the hand operation last year privately. I really appreciate everything he does.

I get on well with Tony still; Tony helped me out this week when Peter wasn’t around.

I have great respect for Tony and what he has achieved in the sport.

EB:

You are currently ranked 16th on BoxRec in the British Light-Welter division.

Your next opponent Tyrone Nurse is ranked 9th, with a British title and the opportunity to “gate-crash” the top 10 is at stake.

In a red-hot domestic division that contains Darren Hamilton, Curtis Woodhouse, Chris Jenkins, Tom Stalker to name a few; what would the win mean to you and your future goals in boxing?

TG:

After the Danny Connor fight, I took some-time out for the festive period. But since then, I’ve already been training for 6 weeks, I respect Tyrone, but I know I will beat him.

I spoke to Darren Barker on the phone a few weeks ago and he told me that winning the British Title for him, ranks as one of his greatest achievements. That has inspired me even more to win.

I’m going to win that belt so I can take it home and show it to my parents.

I feel in great shape and my preparation has been first class. I’ve been sparring with Martin Ward recently, and I know this is my moment to shine.

I think it is a great division, I’m looking forward to seeing Hamilton v Woodhouse this weekend but I’m focused on my next fight first and foremost. Then I will look to some big fights domestically.

EB:

Tyler, just want to say it has been a pleasure talking to you. I wish you all the very best in your British Title fight in April

TG:

Thanks mate, likewise.

 

You can follow Tyler on Twitter at @tornadotyler.

Tyler Goodjohn is fighting for Matchroom Boxing at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on Saturday 19th April 2014, for tickets please contact him.

He is currently looking for sponsors to add to his growing portfolio so if you are interested please get in touch.

 

Article written by Paul Ready

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Boxing Update 12/02 – By Paul Ready

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I’ve been one of the fortunate few who haven’t succumbed to the Noah’s Ark esq floods we’ve experienced recently in the UK.

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There is a new film is coming out this year about Noah’s Ark ironically. Which stars Russell Crowe.

Give me Russell Crowe over Steve Carrell as Noah any day…  Crowe doesn’t mince around, he would get it done.

If you had two Arks side by side, one built by Carrell and the another by Crowe, this is how I would envisage it to pan out:

Carrell will be goofing around to coin the American phrase with the ducks;

Crowe will be dressed as a Gladiator chasing the pigs & cows to get onboard with a sword and shield.

I know which one I would get on!

News has been somewhat slow in the world of boxing this week, no news on Froch v Groves 2 as of yet.

I’ve heard rumours that it may be hosted at the City Ground in Nottingham, but this is pure speculation at this stage.

We have had the first card of this year a few weeks back in Cardiff courtesy of Matchroom Sport, this weekend it is Frank Warren’s turn at the Copperbox Arena in London.

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Tyson Fury squares off against American Joey Abell, who has 7 losses and 5 of them by KO. It should be an exhibition match for 2 Fast 2 Fury, as he works towards a domestic heavyweight bout against Dereck Chisora in the summer.

For Fury it represents an opportunity to “blow-the-cobwebs-off” and get back to boxing after the double cancellation of David Haye fights due to Haye’s injuries in 2013.

Del Boy Chisora also fights on the same card against another American Kevin Johnson.

Johnson, fought Tyson Fury last year in Belfast with Fury winning by a significant amount on points. This will be a tough bout for Chisora, and one that I’m certain Don Charles has him more than prepared for.

On the same card we have

The WBO European Super-Middleweight Championship
Frank Buglioni v Gaetano Nespro

The Vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Championship

Bradley Skeete v Vivian Harris

And Hughie Fury looks to build on an impressive 2013 this year with his first outing in 2014.

I really like what Peter Fury has done with Hughie, we forget the guy is only 19, for a Heavyweight he is a mere pup.

If he lives the life, eats well, trains hard, avoids alcohol, he could be fighting still in 15-20 years.

Amir Khan

It appears that Amir Khan is due to be announced imminently as Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent on 3rd May in Las Vegas.

I’m sure you have seen or heard about the farcical Lockerdome sponsored vote online between Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan.

If you haven’t, let me explain briefly; Floyd Mayweather has allegedly handed over to his fans to vote for who he should face next via an online poll. Said poll is managed by Lockerdome who when you sign up have access to your tweets, followers and can post on your account when they see fit.

The voting ended on Sunday 9th February, Khan was miles ahead but for me he was always the opponent and this was a pure marketing ploy.

Now do I honestly think King Khan or Maidana are the most worthy opposition for Pound for Pound number 1 Mayweather?

No.

I would prefer to see him Mayweather face Timothy Bradley or Manny Pacquiao, but this simply isn’t possibly due to broadcaster/promoter politics.

Within the Goldenboy stable I feel that Danny Garcia would be a more worthy adversary for Mayweather.

I would prefer to see Amir have a “tune-up” fight or two at 147lbs (Welterweight) first before stepping in with the top guy in the division.

Facing a genuine Welter such as Keith Thurman or Devon Alexander (who Khan was due to face in December) would have been a better option in my eyes.

Credit to the 27-year-old, if Mayweather comes knocking and offers you a fight for a career high purse, you take it.

He will go in to the fight as a massive underdog; I saw odds earlier this week of Money May being 1/5 on favourite.

Khan has blistering hand-speed; I would say punch combo’s he is quicker than Floyd. So in boxing, you always have a chance.

I just feel that single punches being thrown, Mayweather is still the speed-king.
I can see him catching Khan a few times.
This will result in a stoppage for Mayweather.

We will see how Khan Fares at 147 as he has often spoke about boiling down to 140 which has subsequently affected his body and performance.

Good luck to him, i’m looking forward to the build-up and seeing him in Showtime All Access episodes.

If he loses, he still has a huge fight and financial pay-day domestically with Kell Brook late 2014.

If he wins, it will be one of the biggest shocks in boxing history, and the world is his oyster.

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