If you’re looking for inspiration as to why to work hard and be a success in boxing then look no further than Sunderland lightweight Kirk Goodings.
Goodings started boxing at the age of ten and continued boxing with Sunderland ABC until he was 19 when he turned professional.
Now 22, Kirk has had seven professional fights and has so far won them all – including one knockout against Lee Jennings.
This might not make it seem obvious why Kirk stands out from other young boxers in the country, especially when you consider that so far he has pretty much flew under the radar. However, Kirk has continuously gone out of his comfort zone and is now reaping the rewards.
Early last year Goodings packed up and went to London to compete in the ‘Camp 24’ (dubbed boxing’s X-Factor) for the chance to win a promotional contract with Frank Warren.
Gooding’s impressed over hundreds of other boxers and got the promotion contract and now trains out of the famous Peacock Gym in East London under the tutelage of world-class coach Tunde Ajayi.
Now, just over 12 months later Kirk is going on a ten-day holiday to Las Vegas; except it’s not the average holiday.
Kirk is actually going to Vegas to train with arguably the best boxer in the world – Floyd Mayweather Jr. – ahead of his fight with Miguel Cotto on May 5.
Mayweather is a seven time multi-weight world champion and is undefeated as a professional boxer. He is also considered by many as the best pound for pound boxer on the planet and it’s fair to say that training with him may help you learn a thing or two.
Kirk said: “My trainer Tunde Ajayi went over last year and managed to get Roger Mayweather (Floyd’s Uncle and manager) to agree to join our camp and co train me and Tunde’s son Otuo, so we have a base in Las Vegas. With me just fighting there’s time to travel there before my next fight, which hopefully will be around the June or July time.
“I’m very excited because just watching him and which way he trains, I’m bound to pick something up and improve my skills and way of thinking. These opportunities don’t come around often so I’m very thankful for this. Benfeild motor group have backed me for this trip also helping out with the costs so I’d like to thank them.”
Kirk flies out on the 27th April and will be there for ten days. He will train with Mayweather and will also be in attendance for his world title fight against Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather is moving up a weight to Light Middleweight and is looking to win an eighth world title.
Best of luck to Kirk in Vegas.