Henry 'The Western Warrior' Coyle will come home to Mayo next month to challenge for the WBF Light Middleweight championship in The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday August 12. The Geesala native who has been based in Chicago since he turned professional will take on Italy's Elio Contena in The Royal Theatre as the main attraction on a card of great boxing on the night.
Coyle who has been steadily working his way through the ranks with bouts in the US and on the undercard of some big events at home in the last few years is looking forward to putting on a big show for his fans.
"I've been part of a couple of big nights of boxing already here in Castlebar on the undercard to Bernard Dunne and Andy Murray so it's great now to headline a bill at home and in a world title fight. ?The Royal Theatre is a fantastic venue and it's brought some of the worlds biggest entertainers to Mayo and hopefully this will be a night for the people of Mayo to savor as well. I've been training hard in Chicago because I was hoping that something big like this would come up. ? My last fight was in May but after that it was straight back in the gym. I've had to break training camp to come back home for the press conference but it will be straight back to business again in Chicago when I get back and then the countdown will really be on to fight night."
The night has been titled “The Night the West will be won' but Coyle isn't taking his opponent lightly and knows that big performance will be needed from him if he is going to become a world champion. “He's got fighting pedigree in his blood so you have to respect that and his achievements to date," admitted Coyle. "He recently won the IBF Mediterranean title up at Middleweight and I've watched that fight but I will let my trainer, Sam Colonna and my Dad study it in a bit more detail and I'm sure they will come up with the right game plan for the fight to make sure that the WBF title gets a new home in Mayo.
Tickets for next months event priced from €30, €40, €70 and €100 are on sale from the Royal Theatre Box Office on 0818 719 300, Ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719300 and the boxers on the bill.