Its third time lucky for Chesters Chris Goodwin and Dublins Oisin Gael Force Fagan, as their long awaited clash for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Inter-Continental Lightweight crown is finally set to take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday. The pair were originally due to fight each other, in Cork, on December 15th last year, but the fight was cancelled following Goodwins sister being involved in a near fatal car crash.
The bout was rescheduled to take place at the Civic Hall in Grays, Essex earlier this month, but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond either fighters control the bout failed to take place.
The extraordinary circumstances that caused the second postponement looked set to kill off the match-up altogether, that was until Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Professional Boxing Promoters Association (PBPA) and promoter Dave Murphy stepped in to bring the highly volatile Battle Royale to the Capital, to headline Murphys Thunder & Lightning event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th April 2013.
Following his check weight, reigning World Boxing Foundation Lightweight World Champion Chris Goodwin said,
Its definitely third time lucky, we were more than a bit disappointed about the last cancelation, mainly training wise, its frustrating when youve done everything to get down to the weight.
It was out of our hands, the BBBofC had a licensing issue with Oisin, I dont know what it was but he couldnt fight so it was cancelled.
The first time I just couldnt fight, my sister had a really bad crash, she was in intensive care for a couple of weeks and my mind wasnt in the right place to fight.
Shes doing absolutely brilliant now though. Shes doing really good, shes up and about and driving again so shes doing really well.
Mind you everythings come together well for this fight, training camps been first class and my weights good. Im really looking forward to the fight.
Its going be a really tough fight, hes had some good fights against seriously tough opposition.
I know hes really experienced, which suits us. I mean as you progress you want tougher opponents, youre going come across these tough fighters at some time, so I told myself that Im going to have to fight someone of his caliber, so why not do it now.
So we are and Im ready for whatever he brings on the night.
Chris Goodwin versus Oisin Fagan, for the WBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title, headlines Dave Murphys Thunderdrome Promotions Thunder & Lightning event at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on the 27th April 2013.
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