Josh Goodwin

Josh Goodwin
The latest installment of Debutant Watch treads new water as we feature boxing promoter Josh Goodwin who moves from the office to the ring when he debuts on Saturday 5th March at the famous York Hall Bethnal Green.
 
In March 2014 Josh was named the world’s youngest promoter to stage a professional boxing event. Working with Dad, Steve his sister Olivia and the rest of the Goodwin team, Josh has helped build up a formidable stable of fighters since their inception in 2010.
 
The 20 year old from Leighton Buzzard has been match against Dunstables’ James Conroy in a four round super-middleweight contest.
 
What made you want to start boxing?
“When I was younger I had stopped playing football and I just asked my Dad if I could start boxing and he took the to a gym Milton Keynes. I was around 14 when I first tried boxing using it for fitness mainly.”
 
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“I used to really like Lennox Lewis, he was my favorite fighter. My dad was a big fan of Lennox and when I was young he dragged the family to Las Vegas to watch Lewis vs. Holyfield, Obviously I didn’t get to see that fight.”
 
Did you do much amateur boxing?
‘I had a short amateur career really. I had four fights and won three of them, my loss came in a Home Counties bout. I fought out of the Academy in Luton for all my amateur contests.”
 
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“I never really enjoyed the amateurs and as time went on I got more professional sparring which suited me better. I have been in and around professional boxing gyms for years now and feel I have gained enough experience through that. Also I thought if I’m going to box I might as well get paid for it too.”
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
“Training wise, pro boxing is a different level. As an amateur I would train a few times a week, now I’m turning professional I am training six days a week, two or three times a day! The sparring is a lot harder and more serious as a pro.”

Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I run and train in the mornings then head into the office to work on our upcoming shows in March. Then I get a couple of hours rest before more training and maybe a run at night. That’s a normal day for me.”

What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I like to keep it long and fight at distance. My best shot is a straight right hand so I try and set my opponent up for that as much as I can.”

What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“I am going to take it one fight at a time. I am not going to make any claims to become a world champion, I’m just taking it one fight at a time. I want to get a few wins under my belt and see how far I can go from there. I want to fight two or three more times this year.”