Tommy Coyle is aiming to put the disappointment of his
heart-breaking defeat to Commonwealth Lightweight champion Derry
Mathews behind him when he faces John Simpson on Saturday night,
live on Sky Sports from the Hull Ice Arena.
Coyle tackles Simpson for the vacant IBF International title
after returning to action in September with a four-round win.
The shockwaves of his dramatic July loss to Mathews can still be
felt though, such was the emotional rollercoaster that Coyle went
through on the biggest night of his career so far. Coyle dominated
the experienced Scouser and was cruising to victory before a huge
left from out of nowhere knocked Coyle to the canvas in the tenth
and ended the contest.
"I put it down to a bit of inexperience and a lapse in
concentration," said Coyle. "I was so far ahead in the fight that I
could have afforded to get on my back foot for a few rounds and not
get involved. The inexperience in me saw that I had Derry hurt and
that I could potentially get him out of there.
"The game plan was never to do that. I followed the instructions
for nine rounds, listening to Jamie Moore, and in the tenth round
the instructions went out of the window and I paid the price.
"If it had gone the distance I would have won. I think I was
eight rounds up so if it had gone to points I would have been the
Commonwealth champion. But lessons are blessings and in hindsight
it was a blessing in disguise and I am quite glad of the outcome
because I believe it has made me a better fighter. If I had have
won I would have been on a high and wouldn't really have analysed
my performance in such a way that I have after being beaten.
"I have looked at that performance and out of such a great
performance there were so many things I was doing wrong. One of the
main things I was doing wrong was dropping my right hand when I
threw a body shot; I got knocked out with a left hook because I
dropped my right hand. I have drilled that in training with Jamie,
we have gone over it and over it, and I comfortably believe I am
out of that bad habit now.
"I am a fighter and when you get knocked down everybody wants to
carry on. I managed to get up on seven and, I will be honest, I
didn't know what day of the week it was. I thought I had fallen
over and I couldn't understand why the referee was counting me. He
must have looked into my eyes and known I wasn't there. I would
have carried on, that fight meant a hell of a lot to me.
"I have sort of given the people who want to fight Derry Mathews
next a blueprint on how to beat him. I said all along, when Curtis
Woodhouse was getting ready to fight him, that Curtis can't fight
on the back foot, he can only fight going forward. You are going to
get knocked out if you are going to walk on to a shot. Jamie and I
devised a game plan which would nullify Derry Mathews and it worked
to a tee.
"I think I shocked a hell of a lot of people. It has raised my
stock in the boxing world and it is probably why Eddie and
Matchroom have given me another opportunity to fight on such a big
show on Saturday."
Coyle's clash with Simpson is part of a cracking line-up of
action in Hull as Luke Campbell MBE fights for the third time as a
pro and the second time in his hometown, with Lee Connolly taking
on the Olympic Gold medal hero.
Unbeaten Sheffield Heavyweight Richard Towers faces Australian
Lucas Browne in an eliminator for the Commonwealth title and Samir
Mouneimne and Josh Warrington battle for the vacant Commonwealth
Driffield Lightweight Curtis Woodhouse returns after his
Commonwealth title challenge, former World title challenger Rendall
Munroe continues his comeback and two more Hull favourites are in
action - Light Welterweight Zak Collins and Lightweight Joel