One of Yorkshire’s brightest talents in the amateur ranks is targeting a year of collecting further titles as he prepares for 2018.
Jake Goodwin successfully put his Yorkshire title on the line last week in Halifax and admitted his long-term dreams are to reach the heights of making the Olympics.
“It was my first defence of the Yorkshire title last week and I boxed really well, winning a unanimous decision – it was brilliant. I box at Doncaster Plant and I want to go all the way to the Olympics, realistically, I will try to make the 2024 Olympics.
“Next year realistically I want to be defending this belt another two times and then keep that for good and I want to go for the Northern belt and English belt next whilst also fighting in the University tournament,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.
The welterweight is currently also studying a degree as a side project and has been granted a scholarship from the university he attends to help his development in boxing.
Goodwin, 19, admitted he wasn’t entirely convinced he’d be in the sport from the early stages of what he experienced when training alongside his brother and father.
He said: “I was 10 when I started, just over nine years ago, and I didn’t have intentions doing it, it was my dad who got me into it. He got me and my brother down and he took us down to the gym. I didn’t really get into it and after a year doing it I had my first bout but was a bit shy, but I got through it and started winning senior titles.
“I do physical education and am in my second year at university. It’s my back-up plan after boxing. I train at Tigers Gym in Meanwood and also train on campus and use a gym in Leeds called Exercise for Less but I‘m still registered at Doncaster Plant.
Asked how we would describe his style of boxing, he compared himself to a former welterweight world champion.
He added: “I like going forward and being in the centre of the ring. I enjoy grinding people down, I’d say I was a proper boxer.
“In terms of style, Kell Brook is someone I’ve always been a big fan of. The first fight I went to watch was one of Brook’s live was in 2012 and ever since then I’ve been a massive fan of his accuracy and I want to be that accurate.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95