Geesala’s Henry ‘The Western Warrior’ Coyle will enter the square circle tonight with his eyes firmly on glory when he takes on Elio Cotena for the WBF Light Middleweight World Title in the Royal Theatre Castlebar. Coyle, who has been based in Chicago since he turned professional, is coming back to Mayo looking to finish off tonight as a World Champion when he finishes his bout with the 30-year-old from Naples in the county town. Coyle has a record of 15 wins and two losses since he turned professional, winning 12 of those fights by knock-out in the light middleweight rank.
Coyle’s last fight was in May when he beat Keith Collins in Illinois and he has been working hard in his training camp ahead of this contest.
If you cannot make it to the fight, it will be broadcast live on TG4 and on www.tg4.tv The broadcast will begin at 9.30pm with action from the Patrick Hyland v Fabrizio Trotta Featherweight contest at 9.40pm. This will be followed by the big world title fight between ‘Western Warrior’ Coyle and Elio Cotena. The fights will also be broadcast live world-wide on www.tg4.tv so that Coyle's many fans around the world (and in the UK and US especially ) can view the action as it happens.
The live boxing programme, Dornálaíocht Beo, will be presented by Mícheál Ó Domhnaill with commentary and analysis by boxing guru Seán Bán Breathnach. Seán will be assisted by veteran experts Colmán Ó Flatharta and Joe Hernon. Viewers will also have the opportunity to see highlights from other fights which will be taking place on the night. There will be a host of local Mayo boxing talent on the card including an Irish title tilt for unbeaten Westport native Finbar Eade and an eagerly anticipated all Mayo duel between John Waldron and Michael Sweeney.
Promoter Brian Peters said: "We are delighted to be working with TG4 on this event and helping to create a little piece of history as they broadcast live professional boxing for the first time. It promises to be a great night of boxing, Henry is a real fan favourite and his style always makes for exciting fights. There should be an electric atmosphere in the Royal Theatre with Henry challenging for the WBF title so close to home. Patrick Hyland is Irish boxing's next big star, he is unbeaten in 23 fights and on the verge of major title fights now at World and European level.
Tickets for the event are priced from €30, €40, €70 and €100 are on sale from the Royal Theatre Box Office on 0818 719 300, www.ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719300 and the boxers on the bill.