CHAMPIONSHIP boxing comes to Chester next month when a local prospect will be top of the bill and aiming to impress in his home city.
Chris Goodwin is the headline name on the Fight Options show, which will take place at the Northgate Arena on Saturday, October 15.
The 22-year-old will be seeking to wrestle the International Masters lightweight title away from seasoned pro Geoffrey Munika of Kenya.
Goodwin (12-1-1) is an exceptional stylist but he will have seen nothing like the 37-year-old Munika (21-16-2, 12KO), who shocked the British boxing scene when he ripped the belt away from champion and former British title contender Ryan Barrett in June.
Munika is an all-action warrior, so the clash of styles should make for an enthralling match-up.
The Kenyan veteran said: “The belt is mine forever.
“Goodwin will have to fight hard because I am not letting go.”
Goodwin, of Great Barrow, trains at the Chester Boxers gym in Hoole, which is run by his dad Steve.
His clubmate, Paul Economides, is also due to fight for a championship belt on the same October 15 bill.
The 24-year-old Deesider will take on Bradford’s Shaun Doherty for the Yorkshire man’s British Masters super-bantamweight belt.
Economides (10-2) has already beaten his foe twice over four rounds, but both times the man known as ‘The Spartan’ got the nod by merely a point.
Now over the 10-round distance, Doherty (3-5-3, 1KO) will fancy his chances of getting the result he believes he deserved previously.
Promoter Mick Carney said: “Paul has all the attributes to be a champion. He just needs the confidence.
“He’s been a bit up and down but if he can get his hands on a title then it will help him with the belief to realise his potential.”
The rest of the bill is filled with fighters from the North Wales area, including Prestatyn’s ‘Discoball’ Paul Davies, former Deva Police ABC light-welterweight Joe Lovell and Connah’s Quay youngsters Cameron Halfpenny and Lee Quinn, who will both will be making their professional debuts.
Tickets are priced £30 for the main arena or £50 ringside and can be purchased from Ticketmaster (0844 844 0444) or from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.