Recently, Smithfield Market was the venue for the latest bout between English light-welterweight champion Tyler Goodjohn and sponsors, wholesale meat suppliers James Burden Ltd.
Sawbridgeworth based Goodjohn ‘squared up’ at the unlikely hour of 1am to fit in with Smithfield’s pre-dawn trading hours and met some of the team at James Burden, who were keen to catch up with their lad’s progress.
CEO Trevor Hussey (pictured), who was ringside at Goodjohn’s recent successful English light-welterweight title fight, commented “James Burden has gone from strength to strength in recent years and it is great to be in a position to be part of Tyler’s support team as his career develops. We welcome the announcement of his next fight against John Wayne Hibbert on 31 January. This is for the WBC International light-welterweight belt and also an eliminator for the British title – we will be there to support him all the way.”
A number of the Burden’s staff have close ties with boxing and were keen to meet 23 year old Goodjohn, who has been boxing since he was 10 and turned professional in 2012. Steve Welch, pictured left of Goodjohn and manager of one of the James Burden outlets at Smithfield, is himself an amateur boxing coach and having watched Goodjohn progress over the years introduced him to the James Burden team when he turned professional.
Goodjohn won his English light-welterweight title in a fight at the O2 against Ricky Boylan in October and has recently signed to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom, a move he described as being “like signing to the biggest premier league club”.
Goodjohn took his Welterweight belt with him to Smithfield to show his supporters and naturally went away with a few pounds of the best steak to set him up for his next match!
Tyler ‘Tornado’ Goodjohn is the current English light-welterweight champion.
Born in 1991, he lives in Sawbridgeworth Essex. He is signed to promoters Matchroom and trains at Simms’ gym, Hainault.
James Burden Limited, part of The Burden Group, is a supplier of wholesale meat, poultry and game. Based in Smithfield (Central Markets), London, with trading offices in Kent and Newcastle, the company has been recognised in the Sunday Times HSBC Track 200 Awards for the second year, this year as the 10th fastest-growing exporter within UK private companies. Currently the group employs 130 staff with a turnover in excess of £120M.
Contact: Clive Cook 07802 860 690