Same city but Worlds Apart-Luke Campbell stops Tommy Coyle in round ten

The pair may be from the same city but in terms of boxing ability they are miles apart. Although both competitors deserve great credit for what was an entertaining scrap.

Tommy Coyle hit the canvas four times but it was the referee who eventually called off the bout in round ten with Luke Campbell dishing out too much punishment.

Campbell was put under relentless pressure throughout but technically he was too skilled for Coyle on Saturday night at the KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull.

Round two saw Coyle go down from a stinging Campbell body shot. In typical Tommy Coyle style he rose up and urged his opponent to have another go.

Coyle tried to rough the ‘Golden Boy’ up by charging forward with his head but nothing he did troubled the composed Campbell.

2012 Olympic gold medallist Campbell, who was awarded gold after beating John Joe Nevin, boxed smartly in a contest that was fought at a quick pace.

Constantly Campbell was forced to work with Coyle never giving up despite being out classed.

In round nine the courageous Coyle began to tire. Despite always marching forward during the fight he never managed to hurt Campbell.

Having never gone past eight rounds Campbell emerged in the tenth with malevolent intent. He dropped Coyle three times in rapid succession with damaging body punches. Coyle demonstrated his tremendous heart by getting back to his feet each time but after yet another Campbell assault the ref rightly waved away the match-up.

Campbell remains undefeated with 12 pro wins and will now compete for the vacant WBC international lightweight title.

On Saturday night he exhibited his class and quality boxing skills against a warrior who didn’t make it easy. In the end the sharp, slick and accurate southpaw, as expected, was too good for Coyle.

It was another step in the right direction for Luke Campbell to become a world champion.




Liam McInerney

Colour writer for world section of A Sugar Ray Robinson biography inspired me to be a boxing journalist. Twitter- @_LiamMcInerney