Johnny Garton is a 28 year old welterweight hailing from Peckham, London, with 16 wins so far in his professional career, five of those coming by way of knockout.
The only defeat that Garton has suffered to date came at the hands of current British and Commonwealth champion Sam Eggington in the Prizefighter tournament. Despite this split decision loss over three rounds, Garton has impressed many so far in his career, and has been rewarded by manager Steve Goodwin with an English title shot against Tyler Goodjohn.
The infamous York Hall in Bethnal Green will play host to The Pexican’s second title challenge after successfully winning the Southern Area title and going on to defend it twice, earlier in his career.
InstantBoxing.com’s Luke Madeira spoke to Andy, here is what he had to say:
I had thirty four or thirty five fights and only lost ten.
How have you found the professional game so far?
I love it, I prefer it a lot more than the amateurs. The only thing that I missed was in the amateurs you could fight every week where as in the pros you have to wait a month or two before you can get out again so that you can sell tickets.
How did you find the transition from the amateur game to the pro game in your first couple of years?
I’ve always had quite a pro style and in the amateurs I was always very aggressive. I had to make a lot of changes which I struggled with for the first year and a half but once I started to get into the ring it all started to come together.
Do you think your style suits the professional game?
I’m starting to relax and take my time a lot more now rather than rushing my shots which has helped. I’m definitely developing into a professional fighter now.
Your first and only loss of your career came against Sam Eggington in Prizefighter, how much did that loss affect you at the time?
Not much to be honest. I never thought I would get to Southern Area title level, I just turned over to see how it would go. When I entered Prizefighter I think I was 11-0 so I was already doing better than I expected. People are always going to lose and if you can’t accept losing, then you need to find a different sport.
Your first fight with Martin Welsh went ten rounds, how vital do you think that experience will be when you challenge for the English title later this year?
Well I hope the English title fight doesn’t go the ten rounds! It puts me in good stead because I did it quite comfortably and I picked up my work rate towards the end of the fight which shows that I have got a good engine. I’m always fit and in good shape anyway so the rounds are the least of my worries.
Your next fight is against Tyler Goodjohn for the English title, how much do you know about him?
I know a bit, he boxed my mate Ricky and he is as tough as they come and as game as they come. It’s going to be a cracking fight and I can’t wait.
What is the dream for you as a boxer?
To win a British title would be my ultimate dream. I would be more than happy with the Lonsdale belt.
Where do you see yourself in one years time?
I don’t know to be honest. As I said I didn’t think to get to title level and it’s unbelievable that I’m fighting for the English title. My careers gone better than I expected so I can’t say where I think I will be in a year. I’m just enjoying myself and I’ll fight whoever is put in front of me.
How vital has Steve Goodwin been to your career considering he has now landed you the English title shot?
He’s done wonders for me. He is probably the best thing that has happened to me since I turned pro because I lost in Prizefighter and I was being trained by Adam Booth. After Prizefighter Steve took over and he told me that I would have two or three fights and then I would get a Southern Area title fight. I had one fight and then he got me the title shot. I won that and defended it twice and then he got me an English eliminator, so it’s been great to have him guiding my career.
Favourite fighter growing up – Nigel Benn.
Favourite glove – I’ve only used a couple so I haven’t really used any of the good ones, but at the moment it’s probably the Ringcraft gloves.
Best ever round – Ninth round Castillo against Corrales.
Best ever fight – Gatti against Ward.
First fight you went to – It was a David Haye fight when he lost to Carl Thompson.
First memory of boxing – When I was a kid my cousin was an amateur so I remember going to watch him fight.
Best punch you’ve ever received – As an amateur I boxed out in Belgium and I boxed the Belgium number two, he was a massive puncher and he caught me with a few good shots to be honest.
Funniest personal moment in boxing – I think it was Gary Ward, somebody came down to do an interview and he stripped down naked whilst the cameras were rolling!
Best experience in boxing – Even though it wasn’t much of a fight it has to be Hatton – Pacquiao, I went out to Vegas to watch the fight.