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Mexican mission – Connor Coyle looking to make it a hat trick of Mexican wins

Connor Coyle [12(5)-0] is set for another Mexican mission this weekend.

The Derry middleweight has accounted for two Mexicans in his last two appearances stopping Rafael Ramon Ramirez and Miguel Dumas in round two and one of the USA-hosted contests respectively.

The former Roy Jones-promoted operator will be looking to make it a hat trick of Mexican wins when he fights for the first time this year later this month.

However, this time he is presented with a different challenge as he travels to Mexico to face Esteban Villalba [12(8)-23(5)-3].

The 25-year-old Ciudad Juarez native hasn’t the record of Coyle’s two most recet foes but should give him much needed rounds.

The 30-year-old hasn’t fought in 15 months and would welcome a workout.

Coyle has been a UFC Fight Pass regular and was under the wing of former pound for pound star Roy Jones.

However, he has parted amicably with the all time great and is a free agent.

“I’m a free agent now. I couldn’t get anything going all year as I had a contract and couldn’t get into America because they weren’t letting anyone in,” he recently told Irish-Boxing.com.

“I’ve left Roy on great terms. I could possibly still get to fight on their shows in the near future, but for now, being flexible is best for my career.”

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