Underdog Tommy Coyle wants to make Luke Campbell pay
British lightweight Tommy Coyle plans to make local rival Luke Campbell pay a heavy price for underestimating him in their eagerly anticipated 12-round fight in Hull, England, on Saturday night.
The pair will put their simmering feud to bed before a packed hometown crowd, and Coyle is confidently predicting he’ll score a knockout over the popular 2012 Olympic gold medalist.
“He’s been really disrespectful in the build-up,” said Coyle (21-2, 10 knockouts) in a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing.
“People do change and the Luke Campbell I remember was a fun kid. We had lots of banter and played tricks on each other. I’ve said before that we didn’t have any money at all – but now according to him we’re just associates. Associates don’t travel the world together and help each other out when they’re struggling. I think he has tried to make a feud up to get bad blood going, and it didn’t need that.
“I’m a big underdog and Luke’s an exceptional fighter, but I’m a professional and have prepared as hard as ever. It doesn’t matter if I am fighting Luke Campbell or Donald Duck. I really believe I am too much for Luke Campbell at this stage, I really do, and I am going to go in there and knock him out. I’ll prove all the critics wrong on Saturday.
Coyle continued, “If I can find a way to get up, I will, and I’ll keep coming at you. I don’t believe that Luke Campbell has that in his DNA.”
Supporting Campbell versus Coyle will be former world title challenger Brian Rose, who is looking for revenge in his rematch with Carson Jones, and former two-weight world titleholder Ricky Burns is back in action at 135 pounds.
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Information courtesy of a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing