Since I have been running Marksman Boxing & Fitness I receive an enormous amount of emails, inbox messages and general questions on a day to day basis. This blog post is going to examine the most common questions I receive and provide you with the answers!

  • What is Marksman Boxing & Fitness? – Simply put this is the result of a decade of competitive experience within the boxing field. Competing for over 10 years has given me the knowledge, competency and experience to be able to teach the sweet science while also improving fitness, body composition & confidence.

 

  • Will boxing help me lose weight? – firstly, unless you’re a competitive athlete involved in a weight restricted sport, you should never be looking to lose WEIGHT…what we aim for is FAT LOSS! And yes, boxing is terrific for fat loss. You will burn tons of calories while having fun, lose the love handles and firm your body.

 

 

  • I’ve never done boxing before, can I still train? – that’s what I’m here for. I have taken my vast knowledge and experience from time competing as both an amateur and a professional fighter to create a template that will help anyone; from beginners to professionals.

 

  • I don’t want to get hit/I don’t want to fight – there is absolutely ZERO requirement for you to compete or even spar. I realize trading punches is not for everyone which is why I make sure your workouts are intense ad challenging. You will be trained like a fighter without having to be hit like one. The aim is to get fit not hit.

 

 

  • I really want to train with you, but I’m not fit enough – stop right there! You don’t get fit to train with me; YOU GET FIT BY TRAINING WITH ME! As mentioned previously I have a wealth of experience with not only training myself but 100’s of clients. I will make sure the workout is tailored to you specifically. The goal is to build not break!

What can you do now? MESSAGE ME TO BOOK A SESSION! That’s what! No time like the present. Don’t be an afraid, don’t procrastinate, message me and start your journey to a fitter, healthier & more confident you.

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What happens when the lights fade, the fire starts to dwindle, and the love has left town? These are the difficult questions popular crowd favourite Tyler Goodjohn found himself faced with. An ever-present name amongst the blood & guts enthusiasts, Goodjohn found himself with a new family and a bank statement that was taking more hits than Antonio Margarito. He needed a new direction and he needed it fast. One fight in 18 months proved to be the bitter sweet turning point.

Most fighters outside of the upper echelon are only paid if they fight (normally this is via a % of tickets they are required to sell, that’s another topic for another time), they receive no financial income to train. As you can imagine this will put a great strain on a budding fighters finances, especially if they’re not prolific ticket sellers and are unable to fight regularly. Goodjohn found himself with a lot of time on his hands during this hiatus from the professional prize ring and put it to situation changing use. Now the proud owner of his own gym, the thriving El Warriors Workshop, he is earning a living, providing for his family and still involved in the pugilistic art he holds so dear. With his financial affairs back in order, it was time to address another issue; the competitive itch. Goodjohn still had the hunger to compete and test himself but no longer had the love or hunger for the professional boxing game. He has now turned his sights to another battleground, BKB (bare knuckle boxing). He will make his debut in the new and exciting format on Saturday June 9th. It was a pleasure to sit down and catch up with a former sparring partner and friend and discuss the next chapter.

Me: Ok Tyler, obviously I know you very well but for my readers that may not be as familiar please gives us a quick introduction.

Tyler: My name is Tyler Goodjohn, I am 27 years old and I am from Cambridgeshire. I had 69 amateur fights, winning 46 of them and becoming Junior ABA Champion. As a professional I had 18 fights, won 13 and was a former English Champion. I’ve been in some seriously tough fights, right from the beginning. I boxed Danny Connor in only my 6th fight, we went on to fight each other 3 time in total. I fought former British Champion Tyrone Nurse in my 11th fight and then won the English in my 13th in front of a packed O2 arena. I’ve had some great fights and great nights but eventually the struggle to make the 10st weight limit (where I had most of my success) took its toll on me. In the end I was never able to get another crack at the big shows. For one reason or another I wasn’t attractive to promoters.

Me: So as my readers can see, you’re someone who knows the game of boxing. When did you start boxing & why?

Tyler: I started boxing at age 10 to lose weight, I was quite a chunky kid…not much has changed. Like most kids I was really into football, but I struggled to get into the team because of my weight so my parents took me to Haddenham ABC to learn how to box and lose some weight.

Me: Your story, in terms of the reason why you started boxing is very similar to mine. How and why did you find yourself turning professional?

Tyler: I turned professional because I didn’t have anywhere else to go in the amateur game. I had got to a national final and then the following year I became national Junior ABA Champion, but I was constantly being overlooked by the England boxing selection team. It was basically stay amateur, give up boxing completely or try my luck in the professional ranks. I had previously been potted by Tony Sims in London and had been offered to turn professional. In hindsight 18/19 was far too young for me to turn professional but I didn’t feel I had many other choices at that time.

Me: You mentioned that in hindsight maybe you turned pro too soon. Are there any other things you wish you would have known before your professional career?

Tyler: Absolutely! Professional Boxing is a business. I heard this so much before I turned pro, but I chose to ignore it. Again, I put this down to being young and probably naïve. I wish I understood that promoters are only concerned with making money out of you, there’s no loyalty or care in this game. Once you have been beaten and you’re of no financial use anymore you’re tossed on the scrap heap. It’s the nature of the beast but it still makes it a very hard pill to swallow.

Me: I for one am very interested in seeing you compete in BKB, I feel it suits your style down to a tee. Do you feel there will be other boxers interested and do you feel you may see some other boxers making the switch?

Tyler: Thanks mate. Yeah, I do believe more and more professional boxers will start making the switch over to BKB. Without name dropping, most professional boxers I speak to are tired of the game. They’re fed up of the way its run, so I can see this transition becoming more common.

Me: Been great to catch up with you bro. Lastly, tell the readers when the fight is, where its going to be and how we can get tickets?
Tyler: Really enjoyed catching up, thank you for doing this piece on me. I really appreciate the support and interest. My BKB debut is on Saturday June 9th at the Indigo O2, back at my old hunting ground. People can contact me directly for tickets, but the event is close to being a sell-out. The interest and demand has been out of this world.

I am looking forward to following Tyler’s next chapter. One thing is for sure; there’s probably going to be blood and its probably going to be exciting

 

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The noise was sharp. It penetrated my ears like a sharp jab splitting the guard. Cruising down the Vegas strip in the Lamborghini was quickly fading. I was waking up. The noise, my alarm, telling me that once again its time to get up, its time to get dressed, its time to hit the roads. Camp is back in session.

I am now back in full training for what will be my second outing of the year and professional contest number 15. I will be competing on Saturday April 28th at the famous and historic York Hall in Bethnal Green. Being from East London myself, York Hall has always held a special place in my heart and I’ve loved every time I have got to compete there. There is something about the balcony seats being just above the ring that gives you an almost roman amphitheatre feeling. The energy and atmosphere in there is electric and I look forward to once again stepping into the auditorium.

I am happy with the people and team that I have around me now. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and striving to get me in a title winning position. Its one thing to compete for a title but its another one entirely to be brought along at the right measure to win one. I feel I have the right people in place and we are all working towards this goal now.

The first initial weeks of training involves what I like to call the “donkey work”. This is the intro to the upcoming grind. Long runs, long sessions, lots of rounds on the bag, lots of groundwork. This is where you build your base fitness and conditioning, this gives you the platform to be able to go forward and up the intensity as the weeks go on. Its not about pushing at a high intensity right now, its just about building that rock-solid foundation. I love this type of training and have no problem performing it. I keep to this kind of training year-round, whether I have a fight scheduled or not. This is where my “Embrace the Grind” mantra comes in. I am always at perhaps 70% capacity, so it doesn’t take me long to ramp up the intensity to get ready to compete. This allows me not only to be able to take fights at shorter notice should an opportunity arise, but it also allows for injury prevention and ultimately longevity. Many great fighters of yesteryear lived by the philosophy “if you stay ready, you never have to get ready” and I am a big believer in that. Nothing is new under the sun; the blueprints have been laid out. The smartest people will look not only for inspiration from people that have been before them and done things they wish to do, but they will also look at what enabled them to do it and what things they can take and implement for themselves.

So that’s where I am at right now. Long days, long sessions, hard work but as a certain fistic icon famously said, “all work is easy work”. Or if that pugilist doesn’t float your boat a more beloved one said, “suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”.

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