Connor Coyle [3(1)-0] is back out in Florida and makes a speedy return to the ring on Friday as he looks to continue impressing big players in the boxing world.
The Derry light middleweight was one of the stand-out fighters on the Red Corner Promotions show at the National Stadium last month where he scored an assured points win over Miguel Aguilar. The Jim McLoughlin-trained fighter returned to his training base in St Petersburg almost immediately afterwards, and is back out for fight number four in a few days time.
Coyle is racing through the ranks, and his fight this weekend at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa will be his last four rounder. Indeed, trainer McLoughlin, former coach of Winky Wright, has been amazed by his new fighter’s progress.
Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com, Coyle described how “I’m moving pretty fast, a lot faster than expected.”
“Even my coach says we are going fast, he’s trained a lot of great fighters, and he said I’m the fastest he has moved along each fight.”
“It may slow down a little, but I want to keep getting those fights this year so I can get up the rounds to a title fight quicker rather than later. ”
“I feel I’ll improve each fight, I’ll always be learning, but I’ll improve even more once I’m in with more experienced and more quality of opponents.”
“I have a lot of people behind me, and a lot of people with big expectations, but I’m going to focus on going forward as I am, and staying confident that I can go all the way. ”
The St Josephs fighter, who features on Friday’s bill alongside amateur and pro stablemate John Cooley, is feeling sharp ahead of the fight
Coyle outlined how “training is going very well, especially coming off a fight two weeks ago.”
“I was already in shape, so we adjusted some more little things in this short camp for St Patrick’s Day. There is some movements I would like to try to execute my opponents in style, but I’m still learning, so I will adapt to it all in time.”
“I’m very grateful to be here in Florida fighting on St Patrick’s Day. It’s a massive privilege for myself to represent my country out here on this day, and even better my hometown of Derry. ”
In terms of his opponent, 26 year old Coyle noted how “my opponent this time is a boy with some amateur background. I don’t know too much about it – but he made his debut recently, and he knocked his opponent out in the first minute of the first round.”
“he’s young, he’s hungry, and he will be coming to win again, so I’ll have to be on my game on the night, and keep active.”
“He’s taller, and bigger from the videos I’ve watched, but that doesn’t matter to me, I’m focused on my own self, and what abilities I have to win fights.”
“I feel I bring myself to each opponent’s level when I fight, if I fight a world champion, I’ll bring myself to a world champion level. That’s just the style I have, that’s why I want the longer rounds towards a title so I can prove to myself that’s where I belong.”
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