The Derry middleweight stepped up to eight rounds to take on a dangerous and undefeated opponent in Calvin Metcalfe. but came away with a points win on a Premier Boxing Champions card at the Coliseum in his adopted St Petersburg.
Initially due to be boxing as part of the live broadcast, Coyle instead found himself fighting after the Devon Alexander v Walter Castillo main event. The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist however didn’t let this effect him and scored a competitive points win over the dangerous Metcalfe.
The Kansas fighter was a three-time Golden Gloves champion at state level and had racked up six wins as a pro, including a big away win last time out. Metcalfe gave Coyle his toughest fight so far and pushed the Foylesider, however the Ulsterman emerged a 77-75 winner on all three cards (five rounds to three).
The win sees 27 year old Coyle improve his record to 7(2)-0, while Metcalfe drops to 6(1)-0.
‘The Kid’ will now look toward titles in the new year, and is also perhaps a contender for the upcoming Prizefighter-style tournament in Dublin in early March – which is set to be formally announced tonight.