Goodjohn, from Ely, Cambridgeshire, featured in a small hall classic last year against Carshalton's Danny Connor, who has since gone on to win and defend the Southern Area belt against Enfield prospect Chris Evangelou.
Goodjohn (9st 13lbs) is hankering after a return, but in front of this was Dezzy, who was ferocious enough in the opener to land a right, which put Goodjohn down for a count. He was straight up, and responded well, bloodying O'Connor's nose.
Goodjohn boxed from the back foot to counter O'Connor's ferocity in the second, and begun to out-manoeuvre him fairly easily from there on, planting sharp accurate blows as the Plymouth man marched forward. A brief lapse in Goodjohn's rhythm caused O'Connor to have a more successful fourth, and he pressured Goodjohn to bring a temporary halt to the momentum he'd picked up in the previous round.
Goodjohn slipped the more aggressive shots from Connor in the fifth, and his responses were well timed, if less powerful. But from the sixth, it was one way traffic as O'Connor tired and Goodjohn flicked a switch. The Ely man launched several eye-catching uppercuts and was in full control. Goodjohn couldn't miss with his shots, and piled on the pressure.
After taking a good look at O'Connor's busted lip, referee Mark Green stopped it at 2.06 in the seventh, to protests from O'Connor, but he was taking too many clean shots.
Goodjohn's rematch with Danny Connor may have to wait, as the latter revealed a move down to lightweight on Twitter. In which case, Goodjohn should be near the front of the queue for a crack at the vacant Southern area belt.
Crayford's 'Emperor' Menay Edwards (10-2) couldn't afford to slip up against Latvian southpaw Arturs Kulikauskis (9-16-3), whose last visit to the UK resulted in an eight round shutout win over former British cruiserweight champion Leon Williams. The Emperor was busy in the first, but shipped the occasional left hand as he boxed on the front foot.
Edwards (14st 3lbs) likes to showboat a little. Some fast footwork got the second underway in which Kulikauskis (14st 5lbs) was getting the better of tentative early exchanges before Edwards put some pressure on to nick the round. Still showboating, Edwards worked harder in the third to take the round clearly. A lot of his jabs fell short, but he produced some solid shots halfway through the fourth, which drew a response from Kulikauskis and made for some even exchanges towards the end.
Edwards went on to dominate most of the action in the fifth. If he possessed a tad more power, he'd have finished it as Kulikauskis, although solid, was easy to hit. Edwards started quickly in the closer and appeared to have Kulikauskis down on one knee, but no count. Mark Green scored 58-56 for Edwards, who was tidy, and well on top but perhaps lacked a bit of cruiserweight crunch. He should be out next on June 29 at the York hall.
In a super middleweight contest, ever ready Brummie Max Maxwell (16-18-3) was jabbing well and certainly threw more in the opening round against unbeaten Czech Republican Stepan Horvath (11-0), but the visitor's accuracy was the difference in the second. As usual, Maxwell (11st 10lbs) kept coming forward to force the issue, but Hovarth (11st 12lbs) settled onto the back foot and found success with a straight right hand - his most useful weapon throughout the fight.
The pace dipped in the fifth as both fighters looked for bigger shots, which suited Horvath better as he was able to find more space to work. He was warned by Jeff Hinds for using his elbows, before Maxwell's jab came back into play and he continued to put pressure on.
Although Horvath's work was neat and tidy in the main, he was warned again to keep his punches up, and took a stumble over. From this point, he upped his work rate and looked for a big punch in the closer, but Maxwell doesn't get stopped.
Jeff Hinds scored 79-73 for Stephan Horvath, who remains unbeaten. Maxwell was good value, despite the score.
Brentwood's Mike Evans (4-0) opened the evening's bouts against Robert Studzinski (2-9) from Poland, over four threes. But it didn't get anywhere near the distance. The first right that Evans (12st) planted appeared to open up an horrendous cut over Studzizke's (11st 12lbs) left eye. He was blinking furiously as the blood ran and obscured his vision, leaving referee Mark Green no option but to call it off at 55 seconds. Evans moves to 5-0.
There was much interest in the debut of Vauxhall heavyweight AJ Carter (16st 9), who is tipped for big things despite only having five amateur fights. Trained by former European heavyweight champion Derek Williams, Carter is built like Mike Tyson and looked for a quick finish against Preston's Paul 'Maniac' Morris (5-14-2), who was two stones lighter and usually campaigns at cruiserweight.
Carter was fierce. He came forward with explosive shots, which bloodied Morris's (14st 9lbs) nose and it didn't look as if he'd last the first round out. But Carter was a bit too gung-ho, and his low hands gave Morris a chance to throw back, albeit ineffectively.
Carter was desperately looking for the knockout, and the crowd wanted it. A lot of fighters would have buckled under some of the shots that Morris took, but the Maniac proved himself to be an incredibly tough man after taking four rounds of constant onslaught from a dangerous heavyweight debutant. Jeff Hinds scored 40-36. Carter looks powerful and exciting, but a more realistic picture will emerge when he fights someone nearer his own weight.
The final bout of the evening was a middleweight four-threes between Epsom's JM Coyle (4-0) and IOW Assassin Jay Morris, and ended in a disqualification for Morris at 1.35 of the third.
Which was a shame, because the opening round was competitive and fought at close range. Although now considered a journeyman, Morris (11st 5lbs) can still dish it out, early on at least. Coyle (11st 7lbs) was coping with this, when Morris was cut above left from an accidental head clash. It got very scrappy from there, with Coyle putting slightly more weight behind his shots, but Morris looking energetic and dangerous.
Jeff Hinds separated the pair and warned about low blows and back of the head punches. Six low blows on the trot from Morris followed, and he should have seen a point removed in the second.
Hinds did take a point off Morris at the start of the third, as one of the first shots he threw was low. Morris wasn't happy about it. Coyle recovered and the pair set about if again before Hinds separated them to warn once more about behind the head punching. Morris delivered another low blow, and after the pair were separated again, Jeff Hinds waved the fight off. Morris was DQ'd at 1.35.
The Isle of Wight fighter was furious, and launched some harsh verbals in the direction of Hinds as he left the ring, which the referee didn't deserve.
In a couple of weeks, Morris is due to box Dean Byrne on a York Hall show which, according to Bruce Baker of the Professional Boxing Promoters Association, falls under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. Whether a disqualification on a BBBoC sanctioned show will affect this is anyone's guess - sadly, my guess is not. We'll see what happens.
It was a disappointing end to a good night's boxing in Grays.
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