Chester lightweight Chris Goodwin (16-2) is all set for the most important fight of his career to date.
On December 15th in Cork, Ireland he will contest the lightly regarded, vacant WBF (World Boxing Federation) title against Ireland's Oisin 'Gael Force' Fagan (26-8, 15KO) in an interesting crossroads fight.
The fight will take place at the Neptune Stadium and will be promoted by Mike O'Regan.
For Goodwin, this will be a return to Ireland just four months after he claimed the vacant World Boxing Foundation lightweight title against Istvan Kiss (a fight where he made his opponent vomit in the centre of the ring from a body shot). Despite Kiss being no mug himself, Chris knows he has a real fight on his hands this time round.
“I know I am in for a tough night. Fagan has been in with the likes of Paul Spadafora and Amir Khan, and he is an Irish hero. He has a lot of experience. This is a real fight and I am getting excited about it already.”
Fagan, who spent most of his career in the United States before returning to native shores four years ago, will no doubt fancy his chances of upsetting the young prospect, even though he hasn't boxed since January 2011. As well as facing off with Khan (L RSF2) and former unbeaten world champion Spadafora (losing via split decision) Fagan can dig a bit and will be a handful for Goodwin.
For Fagan, at the age of 38, this will be a huge opportunity for a fairy tale swansong in front of his adoring public. Many a prospect would be very conscious about going into the Irishman’s back yard. Goodwin however, is not worried about the prospect of travelling.
“Of course people are going to be cheering for him. He has had a great career and deserves to be supported. But I know that the Irish respect a good fighter, and I want to give them a good show. When I beat Kiss I had people coming up to me saying how much they enjoyed the fight. I am not going to go over there giving it mouth; it is an honour for me to fight in front of some of the best fans in the world.”
This is a fight where Goodwin has it all to lose. His growing reputation as one of the better lightweight prospects in the country could be in tatters if he loses on December 15th. One suspects that there will be a number of people out there who think Fagan may just have a bit too much experience for him. But this is the type of fight in which prospects can begin to establish themselves as contenders.