ALBION PARK pugilist Sam Goodman had planned to be on the Gold Coast this week but the sport of boxing has a habit of throwing plans out the window.
That’s why Goodman is confident missing out on Commonwealth Games spot will only hasten his quest toward what has always been his ultimate goal – becoming a world champion.
He’ll take the first major step towards that goal when he makes his professional debut at Cronulla Leagues Club on Friday night.
Having remained under the tutelage of Sean Fitzpatrick at Sutherland PCYC, the 19-year-old is confident his first fight preparation as pro has taken his game up a notch.
“Preparation’s been great, I’ve had a good last few weeks of training,” he said.
“We started the weight-cut this week and it’s just about keeping everything sharp and getting the weight down.
“We’ve done a lot of longer rounds in sparring on top of [the four rounds] I’ll be fighting just building that extra bit of patience and fitness.
“That’s the big change. My diet and all that stuff has been on point so they’re the two biggest changes I’ve made in this prep.”
Coming off an amateur career that netted multiple state and national titles the former world-championship bronze medalist says he’ll be unfazed by the bright in his first pro outing.
“It’s not going to be too much different,” Goodman said.
“I’m just expecting to just take my time a little bit more. I’ll still be pushing a high pace, that’s how I fight, I’ll just be looking to be a bit patient and build into the rounds more.
“At the end of the day it’s still a fight and it’s not going to be much different to all my others.
“I know I’m not out of my depth. I’ve been sparring pros for a long time and I’ve sparred some really good boys this prep so I’m more than ready for this one.”