VIP Promotions' 'City Hall
Showdown 4', due to take place at Hull's City Hall on September 28,
has been postponed and will now take place on November
The show was to be headlined
by local favourite Tommy 'Boom Boom' Coyle, with Leeds' Josh
Warrington in chief supporting role, and looked to be a great
opportunity for the unbeaten pair to make significant career
Coyle was slated to face Spanish
Encarnacion for the WBC International
Silver lightweight title and, if successful, would have
gate-crashed the world top 20 rankings. Warrington, meanwhile, was
to contest his first title against Michael Ramabeletsa for the Masters
"Basically the Spaniard
pulled out and left us a bit stranded," explained promoter Steve
Wood. "We were looking to get a suitable replacement in but,
with the number of opponent changes Tommy's had for this show, we
felt in the end it was best to rearrange it.
forget that, before this latest dropout, he'd prepared for four
different opponents [Martin Gethin; Kieran Farrell; Carl
Johanneson, and Tony Owen] who had all fallen by the wayside for
one reason or another.
"Hopefully it's all worked
out well in the end though because Tommy's now got a slot in
Prizefighter on October 6, and Josh is scheduled to box for the
English title on November 9. We're now just working on getting an
opponent approved by the WBC so that Tommy can still fight for
their belt on the new Hull date in November."
"I'm disappointed for the
fans; there were a whole lot of people looking forward to it and I
don't like to disappoint anybody," reiterated Tommy.
"I've now got a great
opportunity in Prizefighter though and, to be fair, all the fans in
Hull understand. Everyone I've spoken to has said 'you've got
to do Prizefighter', so they've all made me feel a lot better and
they're all looking forward to November 2.
"Hopefully too, with
showcasing my ability on Sky Sports, it will raise my profile and a
few more will come to the November show that weren't going to
"I'm very excited about Prizefighter and think I can do
Prizefighter at the end of the day and it's a risk but so is
crossing the road! I've got nothing to lose and everything to
young kid and I'll come back better and stronger for it. I'll go in there, box
to the best of my ability and hopefully come out doing really well
and put on some exciting performances.
nothing more than to fight [Gary] Sykes, [Anthony] Crolla and Derry
Matthews, in one way, shape or form. I genuinely think if
you're going to get a loss then it should be to the best. So,
I'd love to fight those three in any order."