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"Goldie" Aiming For The Golden Robe As He Steps in Late To Become The Next "Boxxer"

Barrow boxer Mike McGoldrick (6-0-0,2KOs) steps in at late notice in a bid to become the next winner of “Boxxer”

The 35-year-old has not fought since December 2019 and was looking forward to a productive 2020 until COVID-19 hampered his plans. McGoldrick, an undefeated super middleweight, is an avid fitness fanatic, and has been keeping himself in shape should an opportunity come around; and as a late replacement in this short tournament format, he now has the outsider's chance to seize one.

“I have had about 10 days notice, and the strange thing is I had been sparring Diego Costa (7-0, 5KOs), who was originally set to be fighting in the tournament. The next day my manager, Johnny Roye, tells me Diego has had to pull out and asked whether I be interested, and, of course, I accepted, having not had a fight all year and with me getting on age I feel like this is time to take opportunities like this with both hands.”

The six-fight card's centrepiece takes place all in one night and at super-middleweight, with the four participants first clashing in two three-round semi-finals, before the winners will then square off in a five-round final. The winner will walk away not only with the prize money but also the coveted, iconic Golden Robe, and McGoldrick feels confident that the structure of this format is going to be to his advantage.

“It gives me a little bit more confidence with it being three and five rounds, as it doesn’t really give anyone a chance to work at a slow pace. Everyone is in there to get to the win and mistakes are made easily. I have sparred other fighters way above my level, and for shorter periods like three or four rounds you can get the better of anyone."

McGoldrick has a set mountain top goal in his mind for his boxing career, stating that he wants to win the Central Area title, which is one of the reasons that he took this chance even at such short notice.

“This year has been difficult for many, and I am one of the fortunate ones that have been able to work from home. But it has been a pain in the arse for my boxing career because I have not been able to fight. So I took this opportunity because if I win, then it puts me up the rankings and maybe a shot at the area title or at least a higher profile bout.”

The 'new normal' for boxing events consists of everyone involved having to isolate for a set number of days and participate in precautionary prefight testing, which is something that has been very different for fighters and their teams to adapt to, and for McGoldrick, it has probably been the most difficult part of the experience so far.

“Because it was late notice, I have had to ensure that weight is spot on and also that my meals are prepared, as normally I would do all this at home as part of my usual fight preparations, but this time its been more challenging and something which has been a new experience for me.”

When reflecting on taking this opportunity to win the golden robe Mike said: "I didn't want to spend my career fighting journeyman and regret not challenging myself. My trainer, Johnny [Roye], has a saying which is "obstacle is the way" and I am a firm believer in that if you don't challenge yourself then you are not really achieving anything."

Mike would like the thank the following companies for the continued support throughout his career:

Cumbria Strength & Conditioning

James Henry Tyson

Furness Tiles & Flooring

DS Fitness

The Unit Body

Goldbet Racing

Subplot Records

Sian May Massage

NC Meats

Flash Electrical Company

Included on the undercard of this segment of "Boxxer" is Mikael Lawal vs Ossie Jervier, Derrick Osaze vs John Telford and Florian Marku vs Muma Mweemba


Date: November 10th 2020

Time: 20:00

Venue: BT Sport Studio, Stratford

Where to watch: BT Sport and ITV 4

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