JON SUTTON TALKS TO GERAINT GOODRIDGE AHEAD OF HIS NINTH PRO FIGHT.
Geraint Goodridge doesn’t do things easily. And he’s the first to admit it.
After what was a blistering-but-late start to his career as a pro fighter (Geraint found boxing after a short career as a
professional footballer and racked up wins early on), he found himself on the road and suffering a string of defeats.
“Well it doesn’t look great does it!” he admits, through a chuckle, never one for moping around or dodging a sore subject.
“But the thing is, I’m only losing by a point & I feel myself improving every time, so I know that win is coming. I feel
like I lose a round every time I pass the services!”, Geraint jokes, demonstrating the comedic character he passed on to
his four young lads. (Two of them once convinced Geraint it was fancy dress day in school so he would drop them at the gates dressed as
superheroes. It worked.)
And it’s hard to not agree with his sentiments, since all of those narrow defeats have been on the road, twice up to
London’s York Hall where he took on local favourites in the lion’s den of boxing. A feat that many fighters at Geraint’s
level have failed to rise up to, instead feeling more comfortable staying at home on smaller cards.
And those losses didn’t just come at the hands of journeymen either. Goodridge was beaten by genuine fighters, opponents
with zeros in the L column, next to a bigger number under W. And still, Geraint was only just beaten.
But why take the risks early on? For Goodridge, managed by Jamie Arthur, it’s about moving forward:
“Life has hit me harder than anybody wearing a pair of 10oz gloves ever will. I won’t stop moving forward until my dreams
are a reality”, Geraint told Fight Scene, before reminiscing about how his career started…
“Things in my life hadn’t exactly gone to plan. I needed a goal and, man, boxing gave me one! I always have had a love for
boxing so I had a white collar fight to raise money for my mate’s little girl who unfortunately had bone marrow cancer.
And that night, in that roped-off square, I realised I was born to be a fighter. The Welsh title belt will always be the
goal and I’m not stopping until I carry it out of the ring. Boxing gives me focus, drive & ambition – and that never say
die attitude. You can be down, but as long as you can get up, you’re not out!”
Goodridge, who next fights Jack Hutsby on the 22nd June in Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield, says that his boxing
inspiration has come from sources both on the world scene and much closer to home.
“Mike Tyson was my idol (and man would I love a pet tiger!). Now though, Lomanchenko is my favourite. The man is on a
different level. But as I’ve said before Jamie Arthur, my coach, manager and best friend will always be my boxing hero.
Not only was he a great boxer, he’s a great person too. And without Arthur there is no Goodridge.”
Goodridge is a man who respects his past and appreciates the chances he’s been given by boxing. So before heading back to
the gym and onto father duties, Geraint had a word for his sponsors & his fans.
“I have great support from my main sponsors, MHL Ltd, and from my other sponsors* who cover traveling, training and
medical fees. You’re all absolutely amazing, thank you. But I’d also like to thank my fans. Your support drives me on.
Every message, every cheer and every social media well-wish.”
And he wasn’t leaving without speaking to the most important people in his life, his family.
“I’d like to thank my family. My Mum, Mairwen, sponsors me with fish and veg when the diet gets serious, haha, love you
Mam! And of course my four boys, who are my reason to succeed, Finley, Harrison, Reuben & Jaxon. When I raise that Welsh
title belt for them four champs, my work is done. You think I ain’t getting that, you dont know me.”
With four children, a late career-start and a life on the road taking big hits, Geraint Goodridge is still absolutely
assured that the title will come.
No. Geraint Goodridge doesn’t do things easily. But he never stops moving forward in life and he never stops laughing
through the hard times. Even when it is through the gritted teeth of a fully-focussed fighting man.
(*GERAINT WOULD LIKE TO THANK…
MHL Ltd, ITCS Bridgend, Something Financial Neath, Sam Webb Barbers Bridgend, Edge Menswear Neath and Welco Construction, Neath.)