On Saturday April 27 at the legendary York Hall in London, England, Chris Goodwin will face Oisin Fagan for the vacant World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Lightweight title on a show billed as “Thunder & Lightning” by promoters Mark McCormick / Fight Options & Dave Murphy.
The younger man by fifteen years, Goodwin (24) will enter the ring as a former two-time International Masters champion and with a fine professional record of 16-2-1 (0). Remarkably he has yet to score his first stoppage in the paid ranks, and it seems a long-shot that he will do so against the tough Fagan.
Goodwin turned pro in 2006 with a loss on points to another debutant, Chris Mullen, but since then only former British champion Carl Johanneson has managed to get the better of him, and only by split decision, when they fought last year.
In Oisin Fagan, 26-8 (15), the Chester-technician will be in with an opponent who has “been-there-done-that”! In 2003 the Irishman made his pro debut in what was then his adopted hometown, Oklahoma City, USA, and won five of his first six bouts before squaring off with another up-and-coming lightweight, the 4-0 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
While Chavez won that fight on points, Fagan was more successful the following year when he captured the Oklahoma State title, an accomplishment which started an eleven fight winning-streak that only ended when undefeated former world champion Paul Spadafora (39-0-1 at the time) edged him by split decision in 2007.
Since coming up short against Spadafora, Fagan has gone 9-4 against mostly good opposition, and only lost title fights to Verquan Kimkrough (by split decision), Amir Khan, Eddie Hyland and Andy Murray. Since 2008 he has been back in Dublin, and he is reportedly focused on teaching the young Goodwin a lesson in London.
Thunder & Lightning, the Chris Goodwin vs. Osin Fagan World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Lightweight title fight, is a true clash between promising prospect and seasoned campaigner. Goodwin has youth, speed and technique on his side, while Fagan has a clear edge in power and experience.
It remains to be seen what, and who, will prevail at York Hall, a venue that has more boxing history than most arenas in the world.