Tyler Goodjohn (11-3, 4KO’s) this evening picked up the English light welterweight title with a superb multi dimensional performance against an equally game Ricky Boylan (12-1, 4KO’s).
Judges score totals of 96-96 and 96-94 twice produced a win for the Essex 140 pounder after a thoroughly enjoyable contest, with both fighters coming away with significant credit from all observing.
Both fighters from the opening bell decided to swing for the fences; Boylan in particular was having a lot of success with some heavy shots which seemed to put Goodjohn back onto his heals during the early moments. That success however didn’t last too long.
Goodjohn 23, surprised everybody present with his decision to change tactics after becoming known for an all out warrior style in recent contests. A cut sustained during round six resulted in him switching to boxing off the back foot, goading his then unbeaten opponent into mistakes and punishing him at every opportunity with his stiff jab.
It seemed to everybody present that “Tornado Tyler” had suddenly come of age during the bout, after suffering his third defeat of his career to Tyrone Nurse for the English light welterweight title earlier on in the year.
Boylan was somewhat reckless in his attack at times where a more measured approach may have paid more considerable dividends. A certain over-eagerness to crowd his opponent left him particularly vulnerable to counter punches when throwing attacks of his own.
Speaking after the fight Goodjohn said, “I’m absolutely over the moon. It’s four years as a pro with real ups and downs and to be English champion, I’m now over the moon. With the [Tyson] Nurse fight I had some crippling injuries going into that fight. Ricky is a strong kid and I’d rather not go in there and get hit if I don’t have to. I just boxed off the back foot and switch hit.”