BOXER Chris Goodwin’s world title fight has been cancelled after his sister suffered serious injuries in a car accident.
Goodwin, 24, of Great Barrow, was due to fight Irish hero Oisin ‘Gael Force’ Fagan for the vacant World Boxing Federation lightweight belt at the Neptune Stadium in Cork on Saturday, December 15.
But Goodwin’s father and coach Steve took the decision to withdraw his son from the fight on Tuesday because he felt Chris was not in the right frame of mind to take on such a tough challenge while his sister Susan was still in hospital.
Chris has been making daily visits to see his sister since she was involved in a two-car collision in Barrow last Tuesday.
The 25-year-old suffered internal injuries and was yesterday in a ‘serious but stable’ condition.
Dad Steve, who trains Chris at the Chester Boxers gym in Hoole, said: “We’re not going to take the fight while things are like this. Everything had been going well, but Chris is very close to his sister. I left it and left it, but I could tell this week that his head’s not on it.”
Goodwin had been hoping to become a double world champion in Ireland.
He won the World Boxing Foundation lightweight title in August and victory over 38-year-old Dubliner Fagan would have landed him the vacant – and more prestigious – World Boxing Federation strap.
Goodwin started boxing at the age of six, learning the basics from his dad. He started competing as an amateur at 11 and turned professional at 18. He has won 16 of his 19 pro fights, losing two and drawing the other.