07:03 Saturday 28 June 2014

Gutsy Tyler Goodjohn is ready for anyone on comeback


Tyler Goodjohn Tyler Goodjohn

Tyler Goodjohn believes few boxers will want to step in the ring with him following his recent gallant points defeat to Tyrone Nurse in their English title clash.

The Wentworth light-welterweight took Nurse, who had only lost once in 28 bouts, the distance in April, with the Huddersfield fighter now being lined up for a British title shot.

And after recovering from a broken nose and ruptured ribs, Goodjohn, 23, is back in the gym ready to make his return at London’s York Hall on September 6 in a warm-up for a Southern Area title fight, pencilled in for October, against the winner of the clash between Michael Grant and John Wayne Hibbert next month.

But he felt his performance against Nurse would have set tongues wagging in the boxing fraternity.

Goodjohn, who won the International Masters and British Masters belts last year, said: “I took that fight because three other people didn’t want it and I was only about 70 per cent fit because of my rib injury.

“Looking back, I probably should have pulled out, but I wanted that English title and at least I’ve gained a lot of experience from it.

“I knew I’d have my work cut out, but I came out of it with a hell of a lot of more respect, so it’s not done me any harm at all.

“I had the bottle to do it, so losing to someone I can’t see anyone beating domestically, hasn’t knocked me one bit.

“I feel I’ve boxed the best in the division and I think some people will want to avoid me now because they think I’ll fight anyone.”

Goodjohn admitted he was itching to get back into action to put right the third loss of his career.

He said: “I just wanted to get back into training and boxing straight after that fight.

“The first thing in my mind was to get back fighting in July, but people said I shouldn’t go into another fight with an injury.

“It’s just when you lose, the only thing that’s going to make it better is getting back in there and winning.

“I suppose it’s the fighters’ mentality, but sometimes you have to take a step back and have a bit of a break.

“Ideally, for my fight in September, I want to box someone within the top 20, but I don’t think anyone is going to be in a rush to fight me.

“But I really want someone who’s going to test me because a month later I’m going to be fighting for the Southern Area against a good 
fighter like Hibbert, who’s also a good friend of mine.

“If he beats Grant that would be a great fight because we’d both have a lot of supporters there.”

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