UK Boxing: Johnny Coyle; Andrew Robinson; Jack Catterall
Unbeaten super-lightweight Johnny Coyle is ready to seize his chance to force recognition when he takes on Lewis Benson on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s homecoming in Belfast on June 30.
Coyle (18-0-1-KO2) is a former Prizefighter and WBC world youth champion and believes his skills will prove far too much for Scotland’s Benson, who at 10-0 is also bringing an impressive unbeaten record to the table.
The pair have traded jibes over social media but the understated Coyle is simplistic enough in his goals – titles and financial security.
Coyle said: “I’m really not fussed if I’m on TV. I just want to win the titles and earn some money so I can go full-time. I want the British title. I want what I work for. The fame is nothing to me. I just want a few belts around my waist.
“People have never taken much notice but I’m unbeaten in all 19 of my fights. Nobody’s really given me a shot and fighting Benson is my chance to change that and push on after my victory.
“I know my own capabilities. It’s now just a case of showcasing them. I feel I’m ready to take on anyone in Britain in my weight division.
“He can say what he wants. He says we’re both boxers. It’s a different story when you get in the ring. We can all talk the talk but can you walk the walk?
“I haven’t even been studying him. I don’t know the kid. I’ve watched a couple of his videos and that’s it. He’s just a standard decent lad and there’s nothing special about him. I’m a few levels above. If I can’t beat him then I’m going nowhere.”
Coyle beat the likes of Sam Eggington and Paddy Gallagher on his way to Prizefighter glory at York Hall in 2014.
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Andrew Robinson Predicts A War
Andrew Robinson is predicting a war when he and Mark Heffron clash for the vacant WBC International Title next weekend.
“D’Animal” is in confident mood having lifted the IBO Continental strap in his last outing – a points win over Nick Jenman – and travels to the Manchester Arena next Saturday (9th June) to feature on the Tyson Fury comeback undercard.
“Heffron is a knock out artist,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “But I’ve got one of the best chins in the business. I have durabilty, heart and desire and I can punch too.
“I’ve taken other top lads from Frank Warren’s stable to places they haven’t been before but decisions didn’t go my way. I’m going to right those wrongs next weekend.”
Robinson has been sparring with BCB stablemate, Ricky Summers, in the build up to his clash with Heffron. The 33 year-old has left no stone unturned in what he has described as the best camp of his career.
“Ricky Summers been great sparring,” he added. “They dont call him ‘Digger’ for nothing.
He can bang but is also well schooled. It’s like being in there with Inspector Gadget! His reach is phenomenal. If you you don’t move your head, he will take it off.
“Training been best camp of my whole career. I’ve done the distance endless times. Malcolm Melvin has me throwing over 1000 punches in ten rounds. Right now, near the end of camp, I know I can throw punches for every second of every round.
“I don’t know how I’m going to win I just know I’m not going to lose. God is in my corner what can man do to me?”
A huge night of boxing in Manchester, topped by Fury’s comeback against Sefer Seferi, also sees local hero Terry Flanagan bid to become a two-weight World Champion when he clashes with unbeaten American Maurice Hooker for the Vacant WBO Super-Lightweight crown.
Liverpool’s James Metcalf takes on Jorge Fortea for the Vacant WBC International Super-Welterweight Championship.
Ricky Hatton-trained Heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman (collides with rival ‘Big Sexy’ Sean Turner over ten rounds; unbeaten Middleweight prospects Troy Williamson and Jack Flatley rematch after their Senior ABA final in 2015 that Williamson won;
Zelfa Barrett, Jordan Thompson, Lyndon Arthur, Jack Massey and Jack McGann complete an unmissable card.
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Unbeaten super-lightweights Jack Catterall and Tyrone McKenna will collide in Belfast on June 30 after McKenna’s original opponent Phil Sutcliffe Jr suffered an injury
News of Sutcliffe Jr’s withdrawal was quickly followed by confirmation that Lancastrian Catterall (21-0-KO12) will put his WBO world ranking title on the line in a colossal bout with McKenna (16-0-1-KO6) at The SSE Arena.
Far from complaining about facing such a high-quality replacement at four weeks’ notice, home fighter McKenna has welcomed the opportunity to pit his wits against a former sparring partner.
McKenna said: “When I heard Sutcliffe Jr was out again my heart sank but then I was told Catterall was in and it’s amazing. I’ve wanted that fight for 18 months.
“It’s extra motivation for me in camp now. Catterall is a massive name. I sparred him and I speak to him so I know what he brings to the table.”
Catterall is equally excited to be on another big stage after his recent outing at Elland Road ended in an underwhelming early victory, when opponent Christopher Sebire appeared to sustain a shoulder injury.
Catterall said: “I’ve only had two rounds in the ring this year but I knew sooner or later I would be involved in a big fight. I was expecting a different opponent but this makes perfect sense.
“I fought just two weeks ago and it wasn’t much of a fight so this is brilliant. I’m in shape anyway and Tyrone was training. Both camps and both fighters want it and that’s great to see.”
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