It’s third time lucky for Chester’s Chris Goodwin and Dublin’s Oisin ‘Gael Force’ Fagan, as their long awaited clash for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Inter-Continental Lightweight crown is finally set to take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday.
The pair were originally due to fight each other, in Cork, on December 15th last year, but the fight was cancelled following Goodwin’s sister being involved in a near fatal car crash.
The bout was rescheduled to take place at the Civic Hall in Grays, Essex earlier this month, but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond either fighters control the bout failed to take place.
The extraordinary circumstances that caused the second postponement looked set to kill off the match-up altogether, that was until Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Professional Boxing Promoters Association (PBPA) and promoter Dave Murphy stepped in to bring the highly volatile ‘Battle Royale’ to the Capital, to headline Murphy’s ‘Thunder & Lightning’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th April 2013.
Following his check weight, reigning World Boxing Foundation Lightweight World Champion Chris Goodwin said,
“It’s definitely third time lucky, we were more than a bit disappointed about the last cancelation, mainly training wise, it’s frustrating when you’ve done everything to get down to the weight.
It was out of our hands, the BBBofC had a licensing issue with Oisin, I don’t know what it was but he couldn’t fight so it was cancelled.
The first time I just couldn’t fight, my sister had a really bad crash, she was in intensive care for a couple of weeks and my mind wasn’t in the right place to fight.
She’s doing absolutely brilliant now though. She’s doing really good, she’s up and about and driving again so she’s doing really well.
Mind you everything’s come together well for this fight, training camp’s been first class and my weight’s good. I’m really looking forward to the fight.
It’s going be a really tough fight, he’s had some good fights against seriously tough opposition.
I know he’s really experienced, which suits us. I mean as you progress you want tougher opponents, you’re going come across these tough fighters at some time, so I told myself that I’m going to have to fight someone of his caliber, so why not do it now.
So we are and I’m ready for whatever he brings on the night.”
Chris Goodwin versus Oisin Fagan, for the WBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title, headlines Dave Murphy’s Thunderdrome Promotions ‘Thunder & Lightning’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on the 27th April 2013.
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