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Undefeated fighter Sam Goodman has used Commonwealth Games heartbreak to boost his success in the pro game as he closes in on his childhood dream of a World Cup.

Goodman (11-0, 6 KOs) has established himself as one of the up and coming talents in Australian boxing by winning all of his professional fights by TKO or unanimous decision.

Despite remaining unbeaten since turning professional, the new South Welshman admits he wasn’t a good loser as an amateur.

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Goodman said. He cried like an amateur after each defeat, and was left devastated by his failure to qualify for the Australian team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“what can i do? To be honest, I’ve always watched boxing and I’ve always wanted to be a professional, I’ve always wanted to be a world champion,” Goodman said before the fight on Wednesday night’s Tszyu v Horn 2.0 undercard.

“My main focus has always been the professional world champion. I was missing out on the Comm games and I thought ‘I need to change something to refresh me, to inspire me to something else’.

“It was a professional change. I turned pro in the new year and we’re going at it.

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“The thing I did well after the loss was that I never took much time to think about it. I’m hurt, I’m a bad loser – I’ll be the first to say it. I’m a good sport in the ring but I think I cried after every boxing match I lost as an amateur.

“It’s heartbreaking, it’s different to lose a footy game. I have lost footy matches or cricket matches, but losing a fight is different.”

Rugby league was Goodman’s focus and goal as a child and the reason he started boxing at the age of 10.

But at the age of 13, he “put his feet aside” and decided to fight for himself and began to dream of what he could achieve in this profession.

“(I was) I want to be a world champion then, I thought a bit clumsy when you’re a girl with a dream. “From then on, I wanted to be a world champion,” he said.

“You can call it cheating or something, but I always thought that was what I was doing.

But there was nothing illusory about Goodman’s ring dominance as he came close to realizing his childhood dream.

Sam Goodman defeated Richie Mepranum last December.  Picture: Jeremy Piper
Sam Goodman defeated Richie Mepranum last December. Picture: Jeremy PiperSource: News Corp Australia

On Wednesday, he will have a chance to extend his undefeated record to 12 wins against former world title challenger Juan Miguel Elorde (29-2, 15 KOs).

The pair will go head-to-head on the Tszyu vs Horn 2.0 ‘Battle of the Brothers’ card at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.

This is set to be one of the toughest fights of Goodman’s career to date, as he fights for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight world title in 2019.

“He fought for the WBO world title two fights ago. It’s a big fight. It’s a big challenge and a good opportunity to show what I’ve come up to.

“With every fight, the challenges get bigger and bigger and that’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to knock off these minions and put myself in a position to win the World Cup.

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