County Mayo's Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle returns home when he challenges for the WBF Light Middleweight title against Italy's Elio Cotena at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Friday August 12.
The Chicago based Geesala native will headline a bill which also features Dublin's undefeated Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland and a host of local talent on the undercard, including an Irish title tilt for unbeaten Westport native Finbarr Eade, and an eagerly anticipated all Mayo duel between John Waldron and Michael Sweeney.
Coyle says he is determined to make it a night to remember for his home fans and a night to forget for Cotena. “The Royal Theatre is a fantastic venue and it's brought some of the world’s biggest entertainers to Mayo and hopefully this will be a night for the people of Mayo to savour as well. I've been training hard in Chicago because I was hoping that something big like this would come up.”
Father and manager Gerry Coyle is hopeful that next month’s bout could be the start of some big nights of boxing in Mayo. “This will be a huge night for Geesala and Mayo,” said Coyle senior. “We're very confident that it will sell out quickly. The interest already has been phenomenal and the support we've had locally has been unbelievable.”
Tickets for next month’s 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.