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Tommy Coyle To Move To 140-Pounds, Make US Debut

by Shaun Brown

One of British boxing's feel good stories looks set to continue.

Tommy Coyle (24-4, 12 KOs), the Commonwealth lightweight champion, has revealed he will carry on fighting after spending considerable time since his title win in April wondering whether he should carry on or not.

Coyle, 28, a well liked and respected figure of the British boxing community took to social media this morning to tell his followers and fans that he intends to carry on with his career.


"Back training with purpose having decided I am gonna fight again and go for broke. (Promoter) Eddie Hearn has promised to deliver me a big fight Stateside as apart of boxing's biggest ever deal. Fair play to him, he's always been bang on with me. Excited!"

Coyle is referring to Hearn's billion dollar deal with DAZN and the Perform Group which will see the British promoter take on the American boxing market with 16 shows a year broadcast on the DAZN streaming service.

The first of those shows looks set to take place in September, and Hearn has made no secret of the fact that he wants to put some of his own British talent at Matchroom on the shows, along with the new faces he will sign to headline those events.

"You're going to see us using some of our British stars, some of our young stars from the U.K that we'll be dropping in," Hearn told Boxing Scene on May 31.

As for Coyle, who has set up the The Tommy Coyle Foundation -  a not-for-profit organisation which aims to inspire young people and adults in the local community (of Hull) through the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity - it does appear he will now give up the Commonwealth title he won against Sean Dodd in April.

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Coyle said: “I’m so excited about seeing how far I can go and getting a chance in America.

“I want to go for broke now and reach for the stars. You’ve got to set lofty goals in life and try your hardest to reach them. I’m not going to be boxing forever. I’ll give this another 12 months or so but let’s see how far I can go.”

It was also reported that Coyle will also move up in weight to 140lbs as he and trainer Jamie Moore look to build on the success they have already achieved.

Shaun Brown covers British boxing for Boxing Scene. Contact him on Twitter @sbrown2pt0

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