Connor Coyle out to impress Golden Boy following sparring with their Brazilian star


Connor Coyle [5(2)-0] has spent the last month holding his own with one of Golden Boy’s rising stars, and at the weekend he’ll have the chance to impress some of the suits from the U.S. promotional giant.

‘The Kid’ fights at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night and his step-up six-round contest with Joshua Maxwell [2(2)-0] will be streamed live by Golden Boy via RingTV.com.

The reason for this is that the card is headlined by Olympic bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcão [13(6)-0]. The Brazilian Golden Boy fighter has been in Florida the past month to prepare for his fight with Taronze Washington, and has found a capable sparring partner in Connor Coyle.

27 year old Coyle has taken confidence from their sessions, and explained to Irish-Boxing.com how “I couldn’t be more confident going into this fight with the work I’ve put in with Falcão. He’s a top class middleweight fighter, and I am up there with him. I don’t have his experience, but that will come with a few more fights.”

“I’ve had the best sparring for this fight, my opponent is southpaw, and so is Yamaguchi. So we’ve been sparring a lot of rounds.”

“The last four straight weeks we’ve been focusing only on southpaw and we are more than ready to fight. The sparring with myself and Falcão was intense, each spar was heavy, and on our game each time. High intensity and smart boxing.”

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The opportunity that this fight presents is not lost on Coyle who noted that “one of the boys at Golden Boy will be flying over here to attend the fights. So no matter what happens, I have to perform and show class some of my skills on the night, as it’ll be streamed worldwide.”

His opponent on the Fire Fist card will be Tallahassee fighter Joshua Maxwell [2(2)-0]. it will be a second successive six rounder for Coyle who knocked out Benjamin Jordan in two back in June, and the Jim McLoughlin-trained boxer is keen to be challenged.

Coyle outlined how “I’ll be moving to eight rounds in October, so I won’t mind if I get five or six rounds under my belt in this fight.

“I don’t know much about my opponent, all I know is he has two KO’s in two fights. I’ll figure him out in the first round, and take it from there.”

“I’ve heard he’s a strong puncher and aggressive, so I’ll just do my thing, Box him and move, once I see my opportunity I’ll start putting the pressure on him and try take him out in the later rounds.”

Happy with his progression so far, the Foylesider detailed how “I’m only pro 10months, and I’ll have seven fights within the year. So I’m moving in the right direction.”

“I fought on June 10th, only eight weeks ago. I’ve kept busy since then, so going into camp for this one only means I’m bringing a better physique and mindset to the ring on Saturday. ”

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Joe O'Neill

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