Tyler has top boxer in trouble

PUBLISHED: 09:19 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 13:36 04 May 2010

HIGH HOPES: Tyler Goodjohn looks to have a promising career ahead of him. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

HIGH HOPES: Tyler Goodjohn looks to have a promising career ahead of him. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

TYLER Goodjohn brought the very best out of England No 1 15-year-old boxer Ryan Aston on Tuesday, but lost out on a split decision. The Haddenham boxer was looking for revenge in this open show contest in Kettering after Aston, from Liverpool, beat him in

TYLER Goodjohn brought the very best out of England No 1 15-year-old boxer Ryan Aston on Tuesday, but lost out on a split decision.

The Haddenham boxer was looking for revenge in this open show contest in Kettering after Aston, from Liverpool, beat him in the Golden Gloves Championship last season. But after a thrilling four rounds Aston won on points with the judges split two to one in his favour.

Goodjohn's coach Mick Sawyer said: "The fight was out of this world and I'd expect to pay £1,000 to watch a match like that in Las Vegas. It was so close and must have been such a difficult decision for the judges and on another day Tyler could have won."

Goodjohn was giving away three inches to his opponent, so got close to him and went on the offensive from the first round. But Aston displayed tidy footwork and countered with hard, straight punches.

Aston almost went down in the second round when Goodjohn fired in a combination of three quick right-jabs and a left-hook but he somehow managed to stay on his feet.

Goodjohn's main difficulty was finding a way to tackle the fact that his opponent was left-handed.

Sawyer said: "South-paws are so hard to deal with, you have to box back-to-front."

Goodjohn is expected to get another chance at revenge later this season, when the pair could meet in the revised Golden Gloves Championship, now known as the ABA Junior Championships.

Despite the defeat Sawyer still has faith in his boxer's ability and believes he has what it takes to go all the way to the top.

He said: "Even the very best boxer's lose sometimes; Cassius Clay is the greatest fighter the world has ever seen and he lost as did my favourite boxer Henry Cooper.

"Tyler's got it all and he's only 15. He already looks and boxes like a pro and he will get taller and have a longer reach. I have no doubt he will go on to become a very good professional boxer.


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