Fighting fit: Derek Goforth’s weight loss is off the scale

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Three years ago Derek Goforth weighed 200kg and at risk of not making it past his 50th birthday. After a serious lifestyle change the father-of-three is healthier than ever and about to step into the ring for the biggest boxing event to ever hit Geraldton.
Camera IconThree years ago Derek Goforth weighed 200kg and at risk of not making it past his 50th birthday. After a serious lifestyle change the father-of-three is healthier than ever and about to step into the ring for the biggest boxing event to ever hit Geraldton. Credit: Supplied

Derek Goforth was in his early 40s when told he had to make some serious changes if he wanted to make it past 50.

Weighing around 200kg, his doctor’s warning was the push Goforth said he needed to start his weight-loss journey three years ago.

The father-of-three was able to shed the kilos by exercising at the gym and eating better, but the weight began to fly off when he got back into the boxing ring last year.

Goforth has lost more than 90kg, now weighing 108kg. He said half of his weight loss was as a result of boxing.

“I’ve always loved boxing, I used to do it as a kid and I have vivid memories of watching black-and-white fights from America at 2am with my brother,” he said.

“I’d been on my diet for two years and was kind of struggling with the gym — I wanted to do something I could feel passionate about.

“When I started (training) with Paul Barrett, I could barely manage a minute of pad work, and now we do hour-long classes.

“My diabetes no longer shows, my blood pressure and cholesterol has normalised, and mentally, it does breathe a bit of confidence in you.”

Now a lightweight on the scales but a heavyweight in the ring. Derek Goforth lost 90kg and is ready to show his wares tomorrow night.
Camera IconNow a lightweight on the scales but a heavyweight in the ring. Derek Goforth lost 90kg and is ready to show his wares tomorrow night. Credit: Geraldton Guardian, Francesca Mann.

Tonight Goforth will be one of 26 boxers in Fight Night: Fists of Fury, the first boxing event of its kind in Geraldton.

Fighters from six gyms from around the State will take part in 13 bouts — including three women’s contests.

Goforth, a teacher at Champion Bay Senior High School, will face friend and fellow teacher Ben Puzzar.

“I desperately want the gym and our fighters to do well,” Goforth said.

“We think of boxing as quite a solitary sport, but during training there’s this real high level of camaraderie — it really is brothers in arms.

“I think I’m at a slight advantage, because I do stand-up (comedy) — I’m used to taking centrestage and that type of nerves.

“I do genuinely believe I’ve done enough — physically and mentally — to get in a state where I can walk away, win or lose, knowing I’ve done myself proud.”

He said he wasn’t sure yet if he would continue with boxing after the event.

But there’s one thing Goforth is certain about: how important it is to be genuinely passionate about whatever sport he does.

“It’s like when you find a job you love doing, it’s no longer a job,” he said.

“If you can find something that makes your exercise fun, it’s no longer an inconvenience.”

Fight Night is on at the Activewest Stadium from 5.30pm.

Money raised will be donated to ATLAS. Tickets from ticketbo.com.au.

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