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Sam Goodman overcomes damaged hand to beat Chainoi Worawut and preserve Inoue struggle in play

Junior featherweight contender Sam ‘The Ghost’ Goodman’s resolution to take an interim struggle earlier than difficult Ring junior featherweight champion Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue all the time appeared like a dangerous transfer.

And in the course of the mid-rounds of his bout in opposition to Thailand’s Chainoi ‘Rock Man’ Worawut on the WIN Leisure Centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia on Wednesday night time, it appeared prefer it wouldn’t repay. However in the long run, Goodman was capable of pull off a unanimous resolution win to maintain his possibilities to struggle Inoue alive.

The 25-year-old from Albion Park acquired the higher of the motion by way of the primary 4 rounds, dictating the exchanges and utilizing his handspeed, footwork and angles to land the cleaner, sharper pictures.

Worawut, 27, had pockets of success within the center rounds, however the cleaner work was coming from Goodman, who says he injured his left mitt round this stage of the struggle.

The seventh warmth noticed nice two-way motion, and the customer turned the tables on Goodman together with his high-volume, correct punching. Goodman settled within the eighth behind his jab, trying to preserve vitality forward of a giant run residence.

Goodman appeared fatigued to start out the ninth as each boxers traded brief pictures in shut. The struggle was paused with 30 seconds left within the spherical to repair some unfastened tape on Worawut’s glove. The brief break appeared to energise Goodman, who possible stole the spherical with the final half-minute of motion.

The tenth was one other all-action affair with Worawut pushing Goodman again whereas the native fighter tried to stroll his opponent on to pictures. A counter proper hand from Goodman within the final minute of the spherical snapped Worawut’s head again. It was the punch of the spherical.

Goodman acquired again behind the jab within the eleventh and utilized his intelligent footwork to keep away from Worawut’s large proper hand bombs. It was a intelligent technique from The Ring’s quantity 4 contender at 122-pounds, who tagged his opponent any time he managed to shut the gap and banked one other spherical.

Within the twelfth Goodman continued boxing on his toes, utilizing his pace, timing and motion to maintain Worawut off stability and guessing.

When the ultimate bell rang it was not a query of who received, however by how a lot.

Decide Chris Aliendi scored the bout 119-109, whereas judges Leanne Reid and Will Soulos handed in card of 117-113 and 117-111 respectively, all three for Goodman. With the win, Goodman strikes to (19-0, 8 KOs). Worawut falls to (25-1-1, 15 KOs).

Goodman was anticipating to face Inoue (27-0, 24 KOs) in December this yr after the 27-year-old Japanese phenom has another hit-out in September. That may all rely on the state of his left hand.

“It was hurting in spherical 4 or six,” Goodman stated post-fight.

“Later within the struggle I felt it go much more. We’ll acquired get a scan. It shouldn’t preserve me out for too lengthy. I must be proper by yr’s finish for the world title.

“We wish ‘The Monster’. We’re coming for him. We’ll go get this hand checked out and we’ll go.”

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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