Heavyweight South paw Matt Gordon has made the decision to hang up the gloves after he took on one of Matchroom’s highly rated prospects Johnny Fisher (20,2,21). Fisher (21) from Romford London was making his debut as a professional boxer after only having 4 amateur fights on the undercard of the Avanesyan, Kelly fight. This fight was over 4 three minute rounds with Gordon weighing in 17 stone 8 and Fisher weighing in 16 stone 13.
Gordon (36) from West Bromwich didn’t even get chance to settle as Fisher came out fast with combinations from the first bell. Gordon covered up well as Fisher unleashed big shots in the first minute of the round. Fisher then seemed to settle down and picked some cracking straight right hands which caught Gordon making him fall back into the ropes with the ref giving him a 8 count. Fisher put the pressure on Gordon when they continued and smashed in numerous right hands putting Gordon down for the second time. Gordon managed to get to his feet but after the ref have had a good look at Matt he waved the fight off 2 minutes 29 seconds in the first round.
The day after the fight Matt took to social media to say this, the big Heavyweight said “No questions unanswered, no what if’s, no regret”
“Shout out to all you amazing people for all your messages and we’ll wishes before and after the fight last night and still rolling in this morning”.
“I am back home now and totally fine physically and in good spirits”.
“After taking on some tough prospects which is exactly where I wanted to be in boxing but unfortunately have been falling short, then going back to the drawing board and not quitting being the stubborn guy I am, feel satisfied that I have gave it my best as the true fighting men say... I will now be hanging up my gloves on all levels... these guys are way above my level of boxing, young and have that fire raging”.
“So on that note I want to give a massive shout out to my coach and bro Mark Maca Richards who always believed in me stood by me, picked me up when I was down, listened to my moaning and has shared some of the most amazing experiences and memories I’ll never forget
Shout out to my training and sparring partners who always push and keep the camp buzzing, my boy Adrian Baddams, Abd Art Shane Nat Gill, Gareth Gordon and Ben Simner when they can get his ass in the gym, love you all”
“Finally thank my Mrs Lynze Duffield Gordon and kids for supporting me training lots, tired a lot, grumpy sometimes”
This was a hard watch as I have a lot of time for Matt, I have talked to him at shows on a number of occasions and he is a very likeable bloke. He started his career in 2015 at Walsall town hall winning his first 2 fights and drawing his third at the start of 2016. After a big lay off he then made the decision in 2019 to go on the road where he has lost all 6 of his contests with five of them being ended by stoppage. He has been very busy during the lockdown but has also been out gunned in nearly all of his resent contests.
At the age of 36 I think he has made the right decision to hang up the gloves, he has nothing to prove and has done more than a lot of other boxers will do. He has fought live on Sky Sports, BT sports and also channel 5 and has never backed down from a fight. Matt can walk away with his head held high as I’m sure some of the prospects he has fought in resent times will be future champions and he has
contributed to them getting there.