Boxing - Goodings determined to outfox Fox on March 7

Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings (11-1) is determined he won’t go home belt-less when he faces Gary Fox (11-2) in his first defence of his English lightweight title. The North East derby fight takes place at the Rainton Meadows Arena on March 7.

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Goodings picked up the belt with a wide points win over Paul Truscott in October, and insists he has worked too hard to be defeated at the first hurdle.

“Winning the English title meant a lot me,” recalled Goodings. “It put into perspective everything I’ve trained for since being 10 years old. And to beat a top class opponent like Paul Truscott, and in the fashion I did, shows what level my career is at now.”

Fox, from Fishburn, County Durham, is the current Northern Area title holder and gets to challenge for the English title despite losing his last outing to Scotty Cardle in September last year.

“Gary Fox is another good opponent who causes a different kind of threat to Truscott,” said Goodings.

“He’s KO’d the same amount of opponents as me so his power doesn’t concern me too much. But don’t be mistaken, I still do respect his power as every fighter has a punchers chance.”

“I have an amazing bunch of fans,” continued Kirk, “so there’s no doubt in my mind the atmosphere will be bouncing and this excites me. If I stick to my game plan and don’t get careless then there is only one outcome. I wish Gary the very best and safest for this fight.”

Appearing on the undercard at the Rainton Meadows Arena will be Sunderland’s Jonson McClumpha and Jordan King; Easington’s Paul Archer; Gateshead’s Rob Ismay; Hartlepool’s Michael Hadfield; Northumberland’s Lewis Scott, and County Durham’s Tommy Ward.  More bouts will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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