09:01 Saturday 14 December 2013

Tyler Goodjohn aiming to conquer Danny Connor

Written byAARON MASON

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Tyler Goodjohn is confident he can finish Danny Connor inside the distance in their English light-welterweight title eliminator fight tonight.

It will be the third time the pair have met when they step in the ring at London’s ExCel Arena with both boxers having won one apiece.

Wentworth puncher Goodjohn clinched their initial clash on points two years ago only for Connor to respond in kind when they battled for the British Masters belt last year.

But Goodjohn, 22, who has gone on to win the International Masters and British Masters straps in his last two contests, finally gets a chance to set the record straight and put 
himself in line for a shot at the vacant English crown against the winners of the Southern Area title duel between Tony Owen and Ricky Boylan, which is also on tonight’s bill.

And he believes he can stop his Hackbridge opponent after learning from past mistakes.

He said: “I’m feeling really good and I’ve probably had my best training camp going into this fight and I know I couldn’t have worked any harder.

“I’ve trained so hard that I’ve got the attitude if it doesn’t happen now, it never will. There can be no excuses or regrets.

“People have asked if I’m nervous, but without being arrogant I’m not because I’ve left no stone unturned.

“I’ve been sparring 12 rounds with Kevin Mitchell and Lee Purdy (former Commonwealth and British champions) and I’m not going to be fighting at that level, so if I can handle myself against people like that, I think I can produce something special.”

Goodjohn admitted he “cringes” when he looks back at his last bout with Connor, 27, having struggled with a torn stomach muscle in the build-up to the bout.

He said: “I didn’t spar one 10-rounder for that fight and I went into that never having boxed 10 rounds and although I was confident I could beat him there were a few times where I let him off the hook because I didn’t want to blow up in the later rounds.

“As it was, I had so much left at the end and even though I thought I’d won it by a couple of rounds, he got the decision and it was an anti-climax.

“This time, I don’t want to nick it on points, I want to stop him and then it’s dealt with and I can move on.”

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