Sutton boxer Tyler Goodjohn to take on the public in gruelling 50-round charity sparring challenge
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Boxers are known for putting their bodies on the line in the name of sport - but a local fighter is to put his on the line this weekend to raise money for a cause close to his heart.
Sutton scrapper Tyler Goodjohn – known as ‘El Tornado’ because of his whirlwind meetings in the ring – is going to take part in 50 rounds of gruelling sparring to raise money for the family of his cousin, Charlie Fitt, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with a rare genetic disease.
Charlie suffered from LRBA deficiency, which can lead to bowel psoriasis, thyroid disease, diabetes and infections, and Tyler, who has won 13 of 18 professional fights, wants to use his skills to raise as much cash as he can this Saturday (September 2).
He said: “I’ll be sparring with 50 different people to raise money. Charlie battled bravely for years at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and months at a time at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“Sadly, he passed away a couple of months ago with his family by his side and they are an amazing, strong family and an inspiration. They had to give up their jobs and live away from each other as a family for weeks at a time but never asked for anything so I would love to help them out and celebrate Charlie’s life.”
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Normal boxing battles can last up to 12 three-minute rounds, but Tyler will be inviting the public to his gym in Wentworth – El Warrior’s Workshop - to pull on a pair of gloves and take him on over 50 rounds – the equivalent of six back-to-back bouts.
“Anyone and everyone are welcome along to participate or watch,” the former English super welterweight champion added.
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“You can donate for one round or for the whole spar and hopefully we can raise a great amount of money to help Charlie’s family.”
To donate, click here or for more information, call Tyler on 07950 685475.
• What is sparring?
Sparring is the art of boxing with a partner for learning, conditioning and preparing for a fight.
Both fighters are always equipped with a gumshield, head-guard, groin-guard and gloves featuring heavier padding than usual - usually 16oz as opposed to 10oz.
Sparring partners sometimes agree to practice particular types of punches or defensive moves to focus their training.