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Road Warrior Goodings looking forward to homecoming

Kirk Goodings in action against Steve Williams in November.

Kirk Goodings in action against Steve Williams in November.

Kirk Goodings has revealed he is very excited to be back fighting in Sunderland after being on the road since September 2010.

April 19th sees Phil Jeffries co-promote another top show in Sunderland with Frank Maloney headlined by Jon-Lewis Dickinson’s second British title defence against Mike Stafford.

Goodings, who impressed in his last fight (his first career to defeat to Steve Williams), will appear on that bill at the Rainton Meadows Arena after leaving London to come back home.

Goodings first went to London to further his boxing career and did just that when he won a promotional competition Camp 24. That led to Kirk being trained at the world-famous Peacock Gym in London by well renowned trainer Tunde Ajayi.

Sadly, the contract he won through Camp 24 is now up and because Goodings could no longer afford  to live in London his time under the tutelage of Ajayi is now over.

Goodings said: “Unfortunately me and Tunde have parted ways after our contract ended. I could no longer afford to live in London without work but that is boxing. I am now looking ahead to my next fight and I am excited to be back on home turf.”

Goodings learnt a lot from Tunde and experienced a lot during his time with him – including a trip to Vegas to train with and watch Floyd Mayweather.

The one thing he did struggle with though was inactivity and after having his last fight in Sunderland in September 2010, he has had just three fights since.

His return is slated as a four rounder against Youssef Al Hamidi, a Syrian born boxer now fighting out of Dewsbury with a record of 12-53-2.

“It’s only a four rounder but i am just pleased to be back out again.” Kirk said, “It’s great to be out again so soon as a boxer needs to keep as busy as possible.

“I’m expecting a tough fight but hopefully a win will mean more fights will come in the near future. Being back home means that my fans who couldn’t come to my last few fights can be there as well.”

Goodings’ last fight came in November of last year and was broadcast live on Boxnation TV on the undercard of David Price vs Matt Skelton.

The Sunderland boxer gained a lot of respect for his brave performance in a tight decision loss to Steve Williams. Kirk had only come in as a late sub after Williams had trained to fight for the British title.

Once an injury to British champion Darren Hamilton had healed Williams got another chance but was beaten comfortably on points.

Of Williams Kirk said: “I learnt a lot from that performance and I also learnt to believe in myself more. I hope I can have a rematch with Williams where I was given time to have a full training camp but that is up to him and whether he boxes on after his defeat.”

Also appearing on the April 19 bill will be Glenn Foot, Gary Fox, Peter Cope, Anthony Nelson, Tommy Ward, Shafiq Asif, Chris Bennett (professional debut), Paul Truscott, Callum Winton and Sunderland heavyweight Danny Hughes.

Tickets are available from boxers or Phil Jeffries priced at £35 and £70 (ringside).

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