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Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov undercard hit by big withdrawal

Hull light welterweight Tommy Coyle has been forced to withdraw from his big fight with Tyrone McKenna later this month in Belfast.

Coyle [23(11)-4(2)] was set to face ‘The Mighty Celt’ in a ten-rounder on the Sky Sports Matchroom bill at the SSE Odyssey Arena on Saturday October 21st.

However it has emerged that the Jamie Moore-trained Coyle, who has been joined in camp recently by Carl Frampton and Conrad Cummings, has suffered a hand injury and will be unable to fight in just under two weeks time.

Efforts are being made to secure 27 year old McKenna [14(6)-0-1] a new opponent. On the last Sky show in the city, during the Summer, Ben Jones withdrew from a WBA International title fight with James Tennyson and a stronger opponent in Ryan Doyle was soon sourced.

British title challenger Coyle said in a social media post: “Gutted but everything happens for a reason. 2017 just not my year. Set backs can’t break my spirit the goal remains the same.”

The Englishman was due to be a major step-up and test for Lenadoon’s McKenna. The long southpaw has claimed two good domestic wins over Sean Creagh and Jake Hanney over the last year and is keen to push onto the next level.

The undercard next week also features Paul Hyland v Stephen Ormond, James Tennyson v Darren Traynor, Feargal McCrory, Tommy McCarthy, Gary Cully, Joe Fitzpatrick, Davey Oliver Joyce, and British Olympians Josh Kelly and Anthony Fowler.

Tickets for the night cost £30, £40, £60, £100, £150 (VIP), and are available from the boxers involved or through HERE

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie