Another Mexican mission for Connor Coyle – ‘The Kid’ heads back down Mexico way

Connor Coyle [13(6)-0] faces another Mexican mission as soon as May 2.

The Derry middleweight registered a career win number 13 in Chihuahua last weekend, stopping Esteban Villalba in less than a round.

The win made it back-to-back-to-back victories over Mexican opposition although the two previous were on higher-profile American cards.

Now having successfully ended a 15-month sabbatical out of the ring ‘The Kid’ is looking to gain some momentum and returns on a busy weekend for Irish boxing.

Coyle faces a yet-to-be confirmed opponent in Mexico just three weeks after his most recent win. The end goal is to get back to America and make a major push for a place in the middleweight top 10 in the second half of this year.

Speaking after his last win the former Roy Jones Jr promoted 160lbs fighter said: “That was a lot quicker than I expected. I saw the opportunity and I took it. We will go home and go straight back to the gym. I hope to have my visa for America by August then we can head back out there and try and get in the top 10 by the end of the year.”

There was talk of a WBO European ranking title fight between Coyle and Danny Dignum, who holds wins over Conrad Cummings and Alfredo Meli, but it appears the Derry fighter is content to keep busy in Mexico whilst awaiting a big American return. Although according to Boxrec Coyle will be out in Germany on August 13.

Michael Conlan will be in-ring action that Friday as he takes on Ionut Baluta, while Katie Taylor rematches Natasha Jonas on a PPV card May 1 and a day later Coyle will round off the action in Mexico.

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