Cruiserweight Courtney Richards (5-5-2) is returning to boxing after taking a three-year sabbatical and has signed a new contract with Steve Goodwin of Goodwin Boxing.
Richards was last seen in the ringin January 2016 outpointing unbeaten Josh Burke narrowly over six rounds at the Guildhall in his hme town of Plymouth.
The 26-year-old said: “I cannot wait get started again with Steve. The first time around I did not have a clue about the boxing business and was boxing on the road without knowing I was actually on the road and what that entailed. I am a good ticket seller so I don’t really understand why I went down that route.”
Devonian Richards met with Steve Goodwin mid-2018 and after a long chat decided that Steve would be the right man to guide his professional career.
“I had some things outside the ring to sort,” continued Courtney. “A year later I am putting pen to paper. I am more mature now, understand the boxing business and have a great manager. Titles are coming my way!”
Richards won five from 12 fights, with a notable win over Southern Area champion and English title challenger Lawrence Bennett en route.
Richards took Celtic champion Stephen Simmons the full six rounds in Scotland, even winning a round from the 'Monster' who also challenged for a British title.
“I believe I really drew that fight but you get no change in Scotland,” quipped Courtney.
Looking to be back in the ring in October/November 2019 subject to board formalities, Richards believes his time is now.
“Under the Goodwin Banner, watch me go. I will win an area title comfortably and then go on to English and British honours.”
Richards will be training under the watchful eyes of Shane Radmore and Marlee Dann.