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Connor Coyle plans to make a statement at Conlan Boxing’s homecoming bout


The 2010 Commonwealth Games medalist will duck between the ropes on home soil for the first time since February 2017 to extend his perfect professional record on a bumper bill streamed live on ESPN.

Coyle’s previous 11 fights have taken place in either Mexico or the US and he looks forward to finally returning to his homeland on the under-map of Lewis Crocker’s WBO European welterweight title defense at the Belfast venue.

The 31-year-old boxer, trained by Jim McLoughlin, is currently finishing his training camp with a two-week sparring in Marbella and expects to mix it with the top-rated fighters in the division in the coming months.

First, he’s determined to make an impact on television cameras next month before securing another fight for Christmas.

“It’s a place here in Marbella and I wouldn’t mind doing a full training camp over here in the future, but I’m looking forward to getting into a sparring cycle for two weeks. I’m going through these gyms and some of them.” travel.” the MTK gyms in Marbella and get me ready.

“We speak to some big names to make things happen,” he insisted. “Things will move forward and big battles will develop over the next six months and I’ll be prepared for that.

“So I’ll just keep ticking in the meantime. I’ll get this fight on November 5th, blow whoever I step in the ring and make a statement and move on from there. I’ll try and force” another fight in the December.”

Derry middleweight Connor Coyle pictured at his training camp in Marbella this week.

The former St. Joseph ABC clubman was asked to fight WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (30-2-0) earlier this month, with just six weeks notice. Advised by his then management team to repel the Englishman’s advances, Coyle hopes the fight can be fought once he has a full training camp and insists he will “chase” Eubank until he gets his shot receives.

Eubank made easy for their youngest opponent with a fifth round win against Wanik Awdijan at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle on Saturday night, forcing the Germans to retreat after a spate of body shots took their toll.

After that, Eubank called for a major all-British fight en route to a world championship bout in December, with a rematch against Billy Joe Saunders and a clash with Welshman Liam Williams mentioned but Coyle hopes he can convince the big middleweight division to give it a chance.

“I’ll chase Chris Eubank until he fights me because it’s a fight I want,” he claimed. “It’s a fight I know I can win and a fight that will put me in the mix with the best fighters.”

For now, Coyle is focused on his November 5th return and while the closest he has come to his Derry homeland since turning pro, he’s disappointed that tickets to the event sold out before his fight was announced.

“I’ll have this fight on November 5th, in three weeks time and I’m really looking forward to it, especially since it’s very close to home in Belfast, so we couldn’t get any closer to home.

“I’ve always asked people when I’m going to fight closer to my home, but we never really announced the fight in time for Derry fans to buy tickets, so it’s a bit of a disappointment, but what can you do? get a fight now and it will be televised on ESPN so they can still tune in and watch it.

“People couldn’t go to America or Mexico to see most of my fights, but I’ll get more fights at home now.”

Conlan Boxing, led by former World Cup challenger Jamie Conlan and World Cup hopeful Michael Conlan, have teamed up with Top Rank and ESPN for the event, which also includes Padraig McCrory (12-0), who has his WBC International Silver Super middleweight title defended and Sean McComb (12-1).

Jamie Conlan claims Conlan Boxing Promotions intends to give Irish fighters an opportunity to advance their careers.

“Conlan Boxing will primarily focus on the management of fighters and our goal is to develop a niche stable of fighters that we believe will build for the future.”

Michael Conlan, Director of Conlan Boxing added, “I look forward to bringing our second show to Belfast. I am very excited to see the next wave of Belfast talent and I look forward to helping give friends and former teammates the opportunity to showcase their talent live on ESPN +. “

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