Henry Coyle going for Gold tonight
By Jonny Stapleton
THE Olympic heroics of Katie Taylor and co have proved inspiration to Henry Coyle ahead of his WBF title fight against tough Argentinean Marcelo Alejandro Rodriquez in Castlebar tonight.
The Chicago based Geesala puncher returns to the scene of his brilliantly received win over Italy’s Elio Cotena hoping to emulate last Novembers success.
Western boxing royalty, Coyle enters the Royal Theatre determined to retain his not so prestigious but career helpful WBF crown.
The Mayo man is brimming with confidence having been bolstered by the success of Team Ireland in London.
“I’m in the best ever shape of my career. Things have been going really well in training. I feel very positive. I have picked a tough, dangerous opponent for my defence, but hopefully with a big local following to support me, I can retain my title,” he said.
“It’s such an exciting time for boxing in Ireland at the moment. The Irish Olympic team has been such an inspiration to me and I hope I can carry their success and determination into the ring.”
‘The Quiet Man’ Andy Murray has been even quieter than usual since loosing a European title lightweight title clash with Gavin Rees, his first reverse in a 25 fight career.
But will be hoping to inspire plenty of noise from the passionate Western support as the Cavan man begins his road to recovery against Sergio Priotti.
Mayo’s former Irish Light Heavyweight Champ John Waldron is desperate to regain his Irish title and he can take a step closer to that goal when he takes on Dublin’s Brendan Fitzpatrick in a bout that is a must win for both men following recent setbacks.
Roscommon’s Darren Cruise is another man with Irish title ambitions and he takes on Donegal man John Hutchinson with the popular Buncrana native making his long awaited pro debut. Rounding out the card is an all Mayo affair that will see two Ballyhaunis boxers punching for pay for the first time – against each other as welterweights Michael Waldron and Brandon Peake clash in their pro debuts.
Warrior Waldron Predicts Win for Himself and local stable mates in Castlebar
Brandon Aiming for Peake Performance
Quiet Man ready to roar back
Quick Mick Walrdon ready to Peake against debutant tonight
Hutchinson: I am not here to make up the numbers
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