BOXING: Tyler Goodjohn targets building a boxing legacy ahead of his long-awaited fighting return

PUBLISHED: 10:14 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 19 July 2017

Tyler Goodjohn returns to the ring in Brentwood this weekend.

Tyler Goodjohn returns to the ring in Brentwood this weekend.

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Tyler Goodjohn says the desire to build a boxing legacy is one of the main motivations behind his return to the ring this weekend.

The 26-year-old Sutton fighter steps back through the ropes for the first time in 10 months on Saturday in an exciting clash with unbeaten prospect Adam Barker and says that despite his fighting absence, he is ready to go to war with the 24-year-old and prove that he is still a big name in British boxing.

“Adam is a tidy fighter with good skills and he’s obviously very confident in his own ability to be taking a fight of this magnitude but I like that and respect that,” he said.

“I’m 100 per cent excited to be involved in a real fight rather than a journeyman. I don’t want to be in fights where the result is a foregone conclusion before the first bell. My supporters deserve better than that.

“I’m not scared of anyone or any challenge and we’ll see what arises after this fight but I’ve got a job to do on Saturday night first.”

Goodjohn, who has won 12 of his 17 professional fights, has been forced to balance training with running his own gym in the weeks ahead of his return, but says that the thought of pulling the gloves again for the first time since September 2016 was enough to spur him on.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough balancing work with training twice a day – it feels as though there are not enough hours in the day sometimes but somehow I’ve managed to do it,” he said.

“It has taught me that the motivation is still there and I’ve put everything I can into training so I’m very satisfied going into the fight.

“I’ve considered packing boxing in so many times – it’s so tough for so little in return financially so in the end it pushes a lot of good fighters away but my hunger to succeed and build a legacy – however big or small – for myself always brings me back.

“I want my daughter to be proud of her dad when she’s older.”

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