CHRIS Goodwin is due to get his long-awaited world title shot at Ireland’s Oisin Fagan on Saturday – at the third time of asking.
Goodwin, who trains at the Chester Boxers gym in Hoole, was due to take on Fagan in Cork last December. But the bout was cancelled when the 25-year-old’s sister suffered serious injuries in a car accident and he felt unable to continue training.
Goodwin’s sister is now on the mend and he was set to take on Fagan in Essex earlier this month. However, the fight was cancelled again, with the Irishman citing problems with British Board approval.
Now the pair have been added to the ‘Thunder & Lightning’ bill at York Hall, London, this Saturday. and will go toe-to-toe for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) inter-continental lightweight crown.
Goodwin, of Great Barrow, said: “It’s going be a really tough fight.
“As you progress you want tougher opponents. You’re going come across these tough fighters at some time, so I told myself that I’m going to have to fight someone of his calibre, so why not do it now?”
Goodwin is already the reigning World Boxing Foundation lightweight world champion.
Dubliner Fagan, meanwhile, is an experienced championship campaigner. He took on Amir Khan in December 2008 but the Bolton man stopped Fagan in the second round to lift the WBA international lightweight crown.
Tickets, priced £65 (ringside), £35 (floor) and £30 (balcony), are available online at either www.tkoboxoffice.com or www.mariannemarston.com.
Paul Economides, who trains alongside Chris Goodwin at Chester Boxers, went down to a unanimous points defeat to Gavin McDonnell at the Doncaster Dome on Friday.
It means it is McDonnell – and not Economides – who is likely to be granted a fight for the British super-bantamweight belt.