Carshalton’s Ricky Boylan ready to claim English light-welterweight title against Tyler Goodjohn

Ricky Boylan is fully aware of the challenge he faces on Saturday night when he fights for the English light-welterweight title at the O2 Arena.

Undefeated Boylan faces Tyler Goodjohn over 10 rounds for the vacant strap in what will be his 13th professional contest.

The Carshalton man knows the dangers his opponent poses, but is confident his own abilities will see him pick up his first major title.

“I’m not expecting an easy night’s work, but I know I’m going home with that belt,” he said.

“He’ll be in my face all night long, but we’ve worked out a game plan.”

Saturday’s fight will be Boylan’s third in six months after he outpointed Krzysztof Szot and Karoly Lakatos in April and September respectively.

The 26-year-old remained in training after his victory last month, including time with former champion Jamie Moore, and now feels in the best shape of his career.

Goodjohn last fought in April when he failed to beat Tyrone Nurse for the same belt he faces Boylan for, potentially giving him the edge in experience.

However, Boylan feels Goodjohn’s performance that night proves he holds no such advantages heading into Saturday night.

“He boxed Nurse and got battered for 10 rounds, and Nurse isn’t unbeatable,” he said.

“In reality he hasn’t been at a higher level than me.”

The fight is a part of a stacked bill topped by Lee Selby which also features Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua.

Although the stakes may be higher for those fights, Boylan and Goodjohn have been tipped to steal the show in their clash.

“I hope we live up to expectations, it’s got the makings of a great fight,” said Boylan.

“I’ve felt a bit more pressure for this fight, every fight is getting more and more important now, but that can be a good thing.”

While Boylan’s record is unblemished, Goodjohn has 10 wins to three losses.

One of those three defeats came via stoppage, but over three years ago, so expect Boylan to outpoint Goodjohn in an exciting affair.

Feature image courtesy of Jeffrey Pott

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