Huge crowds tune in to watch Henry Coyle fight live
Mayo TV presenter Pierce O’Reilly with Henry Coyle and his father Gerry Coyle at the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre after the fight last Friday night.
From Belmullet to Belfast and Edinburgh to Essex, thousands of viewers tuned in to Irish TV to watch world champion boxer and Geesala native Henry Coyle retain his WBF Light Middleweight World Title against the plucky Argentinian fighter Marcelo Rodriguez in a packed arena at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Friday night.
In their first live broadcast on terrestrial television Mayo TV captured all the punches and passion present at the WBF Light Middleweight World Title fight which saw the Mayo boxer retain his world title in front of his home crowd. Thousands of fans around Ireland and across the globe tuned in to SKY TV Channel 191/Freesat 403 and online on www.irishtv.ie and www.mayotv.ie
“It was fantastic to fight in front of my home crowd. When things are getting tough in the ring their support really spurs you on. I spoke to friends abroad afterwards who were tuned into the broadcast online and it was just great to think that they were all watching the fight too,” commented Henry Coyle. “Everywhere I’ve gone since the fight people tell me that they were watching the broadcast and I want to thank Irish TV for their professionalism and interest.”
The live broadcast by Irish TV on SKY TV Channel 191/Freesat 403 featured highlights from many of the undercard games, as well as expert analysis from Olympic silver medallist Kenny Egan, former world champion boxer Bernard Dunne, and former Olympic coach Nicolas Cruz.
“IRISHTV.ie has an enormous following abroad and I know Henry has both a massive home and overseas fan base who were all tuned in. We received a massive reaction to the programme by email, Facebook, and Twitter, all wishing Henry well and all excited to be watching the fight live from Mayo,” commented Pierce O’Reilly, programme presenter. “We have many more live shows planned and we are getting so many requests to broadcasts different events and festivals live so it’s an exciting time for Irish TV. We want to broadcast content that would not normally be aired by national broadcasters. We want to give local stories a global audience.”
Mayo TV is the local television channel for Co Mayo and is part of Irish TV, Ireland’s online local television station connecting local stories with a global audience.