Tyler Goodjohn aiming to bring the glory days back to St Ives with a second English title triumph

St Ives Boxing Academy star Tyler Goodjohn. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

St Ives Boxing Academy star Tyler Goodjohn. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Tyler Goodjohn wants to put St Ives back on the boxing map by becoming a two-weight English champion.

Goodjohn faces Johnny Garton for the vacant welterweight crown at the York Hall in London on March 19.

The 24 year-old, already a national champion at light welterweight earlier in his career, intends to bring back the glory days not seen since the likes of Dave ‘Boy’ Green and Joe Bugner won British and European titles when training in the town in the 1970s.

Goodjohn said: “It would be brilliant to put the town back on the map and great for me to become a two-weight champion.

“Stylistically it looks like a great fight. I’ve been in plenty of those already, but Johnny has a great record and has proved he can fight as well. I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“This is probably my biggest fight yet as I’m coming back at a new weight and I’m in a lot better place mentally than I’ve ever been before. I was too quick to move up after winning the English title at light welterweight. I didn’t soak it up and enjoy it back then, but I’m not going to make the same mistake again.”

Goodjohn’s title tussle will be only his second outing under the St Ives Boxing Academy banner ­and also just his second fight at this weight. He made a smooth debut when out-pointing Croatian opponent Ivo Gogosevic back in December.

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Goodjohn has won 12 of his 16 professional outings while Garton, from Peckham, has won 16 of his 18 fights. It has the makings of an explosive fight and one which could prove to be huge in the development of St Ives Boxing Academy.

Club chief, and Goodjohn’s trainer, Steve Whitwell, who formed the club, said: “It took me 12 years to build up a good amateur club and this is our first chance to have a champion since coming into the pro game three-or-four years ago.

“Not only is it a first title fight for the gym, but it is one that Tyler has a great chance of winning. He has already won one English title and it would be great for the gym and the town if he could add another.

“One title win could have a snowball effect because we have other boxers with belts in their sights.”