FORMER electrician Kirk Goodings says sparks will fly when he and Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott get into the ring tonight at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
But the Sunderland boxer says he is determined to be the one that emerges with the English lightweight title, having sacrificed his job for his dream of sporting success.
The 24-year-old told the Echo: “I was working as an eletrician in Washington up until five weeks ago but I packed it in to concentrate full-time on my training.
“You could say it has given me an extra incentive to win - to make leaving worthwhile - but to be honest I don’t need any extra motivation.”
Goodings has only had 10 professional fights in his career.
But he has already been involved in one title fight as well as sparring with two-time world champion Ricky Burns - both which Goodings says will stand him in good stead.
“I’ve taken confidence from those things - the title fight I took at five days notice, had two sparring sessions and went 12 rounds and lost by a single point to one of the best boxers around.
“So I’m sure I can come out with a win this weekend after training well for the past eight weeks.
“As for Burns - that was a fantastic experience for me - and if you can live with a two-times world champion in sparring, then you know you don’t have to be frightened of anyone.
“I know that Truscott is going to want to win this one badly and for that reason it could be a really good fight for the fans to watch.
“I respect him but I’m confident that when it’s over I’m going to be the new English lightweight champion.”