British title target for Goodings

Sunderland boxer Kirk Goodings after defeating Gary Fox at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.
Sunderland boxer Kirk Goodings after defeating Gary Fox at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.
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SUNDERLAND’s Kirk Goodings is being lined up for a crack at the British lightweight title after successfully defending his own belt at the weekend.

The 24-year-old outclassed Fishburn’s Gary Fox at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday night in his first defence of the English lightweight belt he won in October last year.

And Goodings’ manager, Phil Jeffries, told the Echo: “I’ve written to the British Boxing Board of Control today asking for Kirk to be given a shot at the British title as soon as possible.

“He deserves it.

“Anyone who watched him on Saturday night, with the way he handled a potentially dangerous challenger in Fox, could see he’s a class act.

“He’s got fantastic potential.”

Goodings himself is eager to progress his career having sparred with the best around and not found himself wanting.

He further enhanced his growing reputation with an impressive disposal of the aggressive Fox, finishing the fight in the eighth round of a scheduled 10-rounder.

He has already stated his position, telling the Echo: “Being English champion is special for me – it’s a little bit of history than no-one can take away from me – but I don’t want it to just end there.

“I want to look at British, Commonwealth, European and so on. Everyone wants to be a world champion – that’s always the dream.”

After his victory over Fox extended his professional record to 11 wins and one defeat, Goodings was euphoric. He said: “I feel unreal. I can’t describe it how good it feels to win that fight – it’s fantastic.

“I’m so glad that I had a plan and I went in and executed it perfectly.

“I trained for the full 10 rounds, so I knew that if it went the distance I’d be fine. But I saw the opportunity to stop it and went for it.

I didn’t plan to stop it – I stuck to the game plan of picking him off, picking him off, picking him off, because I knew his plan would be to come forward all the time.

“I was never less than 100 per cent confident I would win. I kept him at a distance and built up a points advantage and, in the later rounds, I could tell that he was weakening – his punches weren’t as sharp and as accurate – and I just went in looking to finish it.”