Unbeaten bare knuckle boxing star Tyler Goodjohn retires to become a porn star

PUBLISHED: 23:03 05 June 2020 | UPDATED: 23:03 05 June 2020

Bare knuckle boxer Tyler Goodjohn is to pursue a new career as a porn star. Picture; KATH SANSOM

Bare knuckle boxer Tyler Goodjohn is to pursue a new career as a porn star. Picture; KATH SANSOM

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Former bare knuckle boxing champion Tyler Goodjohn has quit - for now - to become a porn star.

Tyler Goodjohn (left) and Jimmy Sweeney (right) at the local man’s El Warriors Bootcamp at Wentworth. Picture: BROOKLYN FREEMANTyler Goodjohn (left) and Jimmy Sweeney (right) at the local man’s El Warriors Bootcamp at Wentworth. Picture: BROOKLYN FREEMAN

Goodjohn, who has vacated the world featherweight title he won last year, announced on social media this week that he’d be retiring from Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB) in favour of a move into the adult industry.

The unbeaten fighter from Wentworth near Ely said he was going to make his decision after his next fight with Jimmy Sweeney penned for April, before it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Goodjohn admits a richer financial reward could convince him to return to a sport he thinks he has transformed.

“I messaged BKB and said I would concentrate on other things,” he said.

Tyler Goodjohn before a fight with Marc Navarro in the Indigo Arena at London's O2.  Picture: KATH SANSOMTyler Goodjohn before a fight with Marc Navarro in the Indigo Arena at London's O2. Picture: KATH SANSOM

“If they want me, they will have to pay to have me back. I want a minimum of £50,000 a fight, whereas I was on £12,000 per fight. I know they will not pay that, so I’m in a position where I can call the shots.

“In my opinion, they need me a hell of a lot more than I need them.

“I was going to make a decision on what fights were coming after the Sweeney fight, but the plan was to always go into the porn industry afterwards.”

Goodjohn, 29, was encouraged to switch careers from his ex-partner, who worked in the porn industry, and he has received a mixed reaction from his fans following the move.

The former boxer has signed a contract with adult social network OnlyFans, which reportedly has around 30 million app users, and a documentary on Goodjohn’s work and personal life is planned to be released by online video channel Pulped.

Although not everyone agrees with Goodjohn on his decision, all he is focused on now is having fun.

“If I do go back to fighting, I would be known as the BKB porn star,” he said.

“There will be eyebrows raised, but at the end of the day, it is my career. If I can put half of what I did into boxing, I will be a success.

“I’m not in it for the money. If there was something I wasn’t comfortable with, I would not do it.

“Everyone is comfortable with it, my mum and dad, and that’s all that matters.

“I feel I’ve transformed the sport and I don’t think the sport would be in the way it is now without me.

“By having fun like I did in BKB, I was performing my best. If I can find another industry where I can have fun, you will get the best out of me.”


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