Markham aims to prove the Master

PUBLISHED: 09:46 23 March 2013

Lee Markham is preparing for a title shot

Lee Markham is preparing for a title shot


Goodwin Promotions show looming

Exciting middleweight Lee Markham is two weeks away from his first title shot on April 5.

Markham takes on Harry Matthews for the British Masters title at Grays Civic Hall, in a show which is already virtually sold out.

The event, promoted by Steve Goodwin for Goodwin Promotions, will be shown live on Eurosport and features three title fights.

The improving Markham warmed up for the contest with a two-round demolition of Jamie Boness and since signing with Goodwin the 24 year-old has recorded three back-to-back stoppage victories.

“I was offered a Southern Area title fight with John Ryder last December and whilst excited about the opportunity, my manager Steve persuaded me it was a fight for us in the future and he was right,” said Markham. “He is guiding me the right way.”

Matthews is one tough customer and was promoted by Goodwin when he moved to 9-0 in March 2010, after defeating Terry Carruthers by knockout.

Since leaving Goodwin, Matthews results deteriorated, but his record stands at a still-impressive 12-6-1 and he has been mixing in decent class - his last fight was a points loss to Chris Eubank Jr.

In the joint main event, Chris Goodwin, who has won 16 from 19 fights, takes on Irishman Oisin Fagan for the International Masters lightweight title.

The 39-year-old Fagan (26-8) is certainly at the veteran stage of his career but has mixed in world class company against the likes of Amir Khan and Paul Spadafora and will still be a stiff test for Goodwin.

Tyler Goodjohn came close to winning his first title in 2012 when he lost a close decision to now Southern Area champion Danny Connor.

Goodjohn looks to make amends as he takes on Dave O’Connor from Plymouth for the British Masters light-welterweight strap.

Ian Lewison, fresh from his controversial Prizefighter semi-final exit, has an International heavyweight clash with a soon to be named opponent.

Another heavyweight from Brixton, the exciting AJ Carter, makes his debut.

Jimmy Coyle, former national amateur champion, has his first fight under the Goodwin banner since signing a long-term deal.

Coyle defeated current world champion Nathan Cleverly as an amateur and fights in a four-round middleweight contest.

Cruiserweight Menay Edwards re-appears after his comprehensive defeat of former British champion Shane McPhilbin and light-middleweight Billy Cayzer has his first fight since losing his unbeaten professional record against Bulgarian champion Stillian Kostov.

The bumper card is completed by middleweight Miley Cash and super-middleweight Mike Evans.

There are a limited amount of tickets available at

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