Tyler Goodjohn to consider boxing future after English title fight defeat to Johnny Garton
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Tyler Goodjohn has admitted he will consider his future in boxing after his English welterweight title defeat to Johnny Garton.
Goodjohn performed valiantly in their 10-round thriller at York Hall, but came unstuck against a classy Garton who defended the strap for the second time via a unanimous decision.
And a fifth defeat in 17 fights for the 25-year-old has left him mulling over his options in the sport.
“I’m going to have a think about the future,” he said.
“I’m very content at the moment, which is weird for me because usually if I lose a fight I’ll be beating myself up for days afterwards, but I feel content with how things are at the minute.
“I didn’t need to take the fight and I feel happy that I’ve gone in there and gave it a real go in what was my first fight in 18 months.
“I’m never going to change my style so that makes it a bit more difficult for me in terms of longevity. At the end of the day I don’t want to be having problems when I’m older and I’ve got a baby girl now so I have to put my health first.”
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Goodjohn headed into Saturday’s title showdown with a reputation as a toe-to-toe brawler, but shocked many at the York Hall by boxing skilfully in the opening three rounds; landing shots and evading Garton’s troublesome jab.
However, Garton rocked Goodjohn with an eye-swelling shot in round four, which the St Ives Boxing Academy star admits swung the fight in the London fighter’s favour.
“In my book I was probably a round ahead but then he hit me with a really good shot,” said Goodjohn.
“I came into the dressing room after the fight and actually thought I’d been put down by that shot, and Steve [Whitwell, trainer] said I did well to stay up from it.
“I can’t really remember the middle part of the fight but I’ve been told that round five was probably my best.”
The 25-year-old reverted back to his trademark style of trading blows in the later rounds, but Garton, known as ‘the Pexican,’ proved why he is regarded as one of the top fighters in the division by seeing out the victory.
“I had no choice but to try and make it a war,” Goodjohn said. “He was boxing well and kept on the back foot so I had to take it to him.
“I’m disappointed to lose the fight but I’m pleased in a way because the fans got the entertainment they wanted.
“It was a crazy atmosphere in there. Johnny had about 300 with him in there and they were really loud when he came in, but my lot were fantastic.”