Championship boxing returns to the Northgate Arena in Chester, United Kingdom with two World Boxing Federation (WBF) title fights on Saturday August 2, featuring local stars Chris Goodwin and Paul Economides in tough assignments.
Goodwin won the WBF Intercontinental Lightweight title in his last outing this past April, while Economides captured the WBF International Super Bantamweight crown on the same card, and now they are both set to take a step up as Goodwin fights for the vacant WBF World title and Economides goes for Intercontinental honors in the co-feature.
25-year-old Chris Goodwin, 18-2-1 (0), takes on massively experienced Georgian Kakhaber Avetisian (24), who brings a deceiving 35-23-1 (17) ledger against top notch opposition, including a victory over former world title-challenger Andreas Evensen (17-3-1) less than four months ago.
A real throw-back, Avetisian turned professional at only 16 in 2006, and fought for a title only seven months later. With most of his losses coming early in his career, he has captured the Georgian national title in two weight classes, and is now ready for his first crack at a world championship in his sixtieth outing.
Paul Economides, 14-5 (1), is hoping to earn a WBF World title-shot himself by lifting the Intercontinental title with a victory over another Georgian in George Gachechiladze, 15-11-1 (8). Economides was impressive in his latest outing, stopping Hungarian David Kanalas in two rounds, but should expect a much tougher challenge on August 2.
George Gachechiladeze is still looking for a career defining victory, but has faced notable names such as Rhys Roberts, Martin Ward and Zsolt Bedak. He is coming off a stoppage victory over fellow countryman Zviad Shiukashvili in June, and is not taking the trip to England just to make up the numbers.
The Goodwin vs. Avetisian, Economides vs. Gachechiladze WBF Championship doubleheader, and a full supporting undercard, on August 2 at the Northgate Arena in Chester is presented by Fight Options.