Tyler Goodjohn to return to action with English welterweight title shot
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Wentworth fighter Tyler Goodjohn is thrilled to have been handed the only fight he wants.
Goodjohn will face champion Jonny Garton in an English welterweight title showdown provisionally scheduled for September 17.
‘El Tornado’ Goodjohn had been due to face Londoner Garton for the then-vacant title back in March until a fractured hand, suffered in training, forced him to pull out.
Garton has since won the belt with a knockout success against Ryan Fields just over a month ago and his first defence will now be against Goodjohn.
And the St Ives Boxing Academy star is determined to complete a notable double after also winning the national strap at light welterweight earlier in his career.
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Goodjohn admitted: “The last few months have been a nightmare, but if anything the injury has made me want it more.
“It was devastating at the time as my training camp was going so well and the fight was only three weeks away. I had done the press conference the night before it happened.
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“It has certainly made me stronger mentally to be able to come through something like that and I’m just delighted to get the only fight I want.
“I’ve been doing pad-work and I’ve had no reaction to the injury at all. The hand is not even hurting.
“It is inevitable that I’ll have a bit of a concern about it in the back of my mind, but you can’t go through life worrying about what might happen.
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I should have a warm-up fight beforehand, but I’m only interested in being in the big bouts and trying to win titles.”
He will certainly have the opportunity to do that in three months’ time when facing Garton.
And Goodjohn has warned the champion he’ll face a much tougher challenge to defend his title than he had when winning it on May 7.
The 25 year-old added: “Jonny did produce a highlight reel knockout to win the title, but he was in against an opponent who, in my opinion, shouldn’t have been fighting for a belt of this stature.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Jonny will find it a lot harder to retain the title than to win it in the first place. He has got to prove he is a worthy champion against someone in myself who has already won an English title and knows what it is like to be in big fights.
“It was a fight which got everyone excited when it was made the first time around and it still has the makings of being a great one.
“Jonny’s win put him ninth in the British rankings and that shows what winning this belt can do for you.
“Beating him would put me in, or close to, the top 10.”
Goodjohn has won a dozen of his 16 professional fights. The list of victories includes his only outing at welterweight to date – a points verdict against Croatian opponent Ivo Gogosevic back in December.