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Connor Coyle sets up title fight with Boston win

Connor Coyle set up a March title fight thanks to a stoppage victory in Boston on Saturday night.

The Derry accounted for Brazilian Rodrigo Lopes with relative ease on the ‘Down and Dirty’ card in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Lopez was billed as a knockout artist Coyle should be wary of but in fact, didn’t pose much of a threat.

The Florida trained 31-year-old dominated to such an extent his opponent didn’t answer the bell for round six.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com previously the keen-to-kick-on fighter revealed he has a NABA middleweight title fight lined up and expects to challenge for the progressive belt on March 19.

The Americas title should provide a WBA ranking and will help ‘The Kid’s’ ‘big-fight-by-the-end-of-the-year’ hopes.

The strap was won by both Andy Lee and Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan and should come with a step-up opponent for the Derry middle.

The win sees Coyle improve to 15-0.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com