Fagan’s frustrations

by Stephen Findlater
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PORTMARNOCK man Oisin Fagan was left frustrated for a third time last weekend in his comeback bid to fight Chris Goodwin, this time after the Englishman arrived overweight for the weigh-in.
It is yet another twist in an already protracted saga as 39-year-old Fagan seeks to get back into the ring and challenge for the WBF world title.
After a December date between the two fell through, the former Ireland and Oklahoma champion was then refused a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control at short notice in March when the pair were due to meet in Essex.
Once that issue was resolved, the pair were lined up to meet last Saturday night but Goodwin turned up to the initial weigh-in overweight. He was given a day to boil down to the limit by Fagan who was keen to get in the ring but Goodwin turned up even heavier at the second attempt.
It meant he was disqualified from the bout but, despite the setback, Fagan remains keen to make the fight happen at a fourth proposed date.
“Obviously, I’m terribly disappointed, as you can imagine. I worked really hard, felt brill and was in great form- rarin’ to go; however, ‘thems-the-breaks’, as they say.
“Mark, and the guys at Fight Options were very decent to deal with though, so there’s no animosity… and hopefully a chance to reschedule at a later date. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I get another shot.”
Speaking before Saturday’s proposed date, Fagan had said that he can offer the highly-rated Goodwin one of his toughest tests to date in his career in what should be a mutually beneficial face-off.
“The way I look at it is this: Let’s face it — I will be the toughest opposition he has ever faced.
“However, he’ll certainly not be the toughest opposition I’ve faced, taking into account I’ve fought numerous world champions already. Look, I’ve said it before… I don’t care who I fight.
“I know I’m far from the greatest boxer in the world, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with a heart like mine and I always love a challenge. I’ve fought numerous world champions and many of them have told me that I’ve given them their career’s toughest fights.
“Therefore, on my day, I know I’ve been at that level. I’m not afraid to face anyone — in fact, the harder the challenge, the more I like it. I know that sounds a bit mad, but just like a true Irishman, I love being the underdog.”

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