With the heavyweight scene in Australia exploding, Joe Goodall (6-0-1) and Herman Ene-Purcell (17-8) have almost become the forgotten pieces in an ever-growing Aussie heavyweight jigsaw puzzle. On March 27th as part of the TGW & Smithy's Promotions show, they both want to make a statement. To put it simply a win here would be massive for either man. "I'm back," Goodall, inactive since August 2019, said. "I'm looking forward to reminding everyone about the forgotten heavyweight of Australian boxing. I can't wait to make my long awaited return to the ring against the very tough and very experienced Herman Ene-Purcell."
While Justis Huni (2-0) is dominating the heavyweight headlines at present, before injury, Goodall was spoken about in the same manner. As an amateur he was a 2017 World Championship bronze medalist, 2014 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist a two times Oceania Champion and a three time Australian champion. In the pros, five of his six wins have come via first-round knockout.
For Ene-Purcell this is an opportunity to make a real exclamation mark on the domestic heavyweight scene. It's also a personal and sentimental opportunity for the Herminator. "To fight on Brayd Smith's [memorial] night is something really special to me." Ene-Purcell said. "Brayd [the promoter's son who passed away as a result of boxing injuries] was special to me, he believed in me when many others didn't and I'm forever grateful for that but also his father Brendon who is more than a trainer manager to me so to fight on this night for him is also truly special. "Brayd was a WBC youth champion... Goodall is a tremendous talent, he's got all the skills but respectfully I believe I'm the toughest test of his career. I've rubbed shoulders with the likes of Paul Gallen, Will Nasio, Kyotara Fujimoto, Justin Whitehead and many others so I'm seasoned and I honestly feel like I'm only getting better. Joe has a point to prove, I have a point to prove so it's going to be a great fight. I'll put everything into training camp and give myself every chance of success come March 27th."