Rick Godding’s two-year injury nightmare comes to an end on Saturday February 28 when he returns to the ring and resumes his dream of winning a Lonsdale Belt.
Unbeaten in 20 outings and due a crack at title honours, light-middleweight Godding was forced to take a sabbatical in April 2013 after shoulder injuries, and a subsequent operation, took its toll.
Now, fully rested and recuperated, Godding returns at Preston’s Guild Hall, live on VIPBOXING.TV, and reveals he is fortunate to be back and won’t waste his second-chance at glory.
“I boxed on the huge Klitschko bill in Germany [drawing against highly-experienced Rafal Jackiewicz], and then the big Amir Khan show in Sheffield against Bradley Pryce [April 2013] and things were starting to happen. There were phone calls about eliminators for the British title, and then this [the injury] happens and it’s been very frustrating. It’s set me back a long way.
“I’ve got a brilliant physio and she’s kept me motivated when I’ve been disillusioned,” explained the 30-year-old. “The injury has made me adapt my game, and I’m also three years older and more mature about what I want from the sport. I’ve been given this second-chance, and I’m going to grab it with both hands.”
During his absence, Rick has watched Liverpool’s Liam Smith win the British crown and rule the roost at domestic level. Undaunted by what he’s seen in his time away, the 30-year-old believes he’s about to reach his peak and is convinced the British belt will be in his locker sometime this year.
“The British title is all I’ve been thinking about for the last two years. I’m definitely at that level, and when I become British champion I’ll have proved it. Steve Wood is a good manager and has got plenty of experience of producing British champions at all weights, and I just can’t wait to get going again in Preston.”
“Rick hasn’t had much luck with injuries, but we’re sure that’s all behind him now and the future looks bright,” said VIP Promotions’ head, Wood.
“At VIP, we had Brian Rose win the British light-middleweight title and defend it a few times in recent years, and I think Rick can take over that mantle. He’s highly ranked, is due his shot and we’ll be looking to secure that for him in the next couple of fights.
“As well as Godding returning on this show, we’ve also got Rick Skelton taking on Bradley Pryce in the bill-topper. Bradley is a test for anybody, he’ll be coming to win and we’ll find out a lot more about how far Rick can go after this fight. I believe Rick will win well, and it should be a great watch for the viewers on vipboxing.tv.”
VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Preston’s Guild Hall on February 28. Appearing will be Cumbria’s Rick Skelton versus Wales’ Bradley Pryce. Also in action will be Preston’s Mick Hall; Bolton’s Rick Godding; Blackburn’s Kurt Grieve,Morgan Jackson and Shakeeb Ali; Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Lower Darwen’s AJ Faizy, and Southport’s Scott Moonan.
Tickets priced at £30 (unreserved) are available on the door, from all boxers, or at www.vipbe.co.uk
Tickets at £90 (ringside with a three course meal) are available from the venue (0844 844 7710).
Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting www.vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook.