Henry Coyle is counting down the hours to his first professional fight in Ireland after relocating to Chicago to turn professional. Tomorrow night he will step into the ring to take on Delroy “Sweet Dee” Mitchell in the Breaffy House International Sports Hotel. Coyle is aware that the there will be a lot of pressure on him when he walks into the ring. “There is a lot of pressure on me, this being my first fight back in Mayo. I’m looking forward to showing off my skills and abilities in front of my home crowd, but with that comes added pressures.”
His preparation for the fight has gone well and it’s all about doing it now on the night according to Coyle. “Training has gone well and I’ve put a lot of work into this fight but it’s now all about putting that preparation into action in the ring.” As for his opponent, Coyle knows it’s going to be a tough encounter. “I’ve watched tapes and he’s a good fighter and is going to be a very tough opponent tomorrow night, but I’m here to win and the fact it’ll be in front of my own crowd will give me a huge boost going into the fight.”
Mitchell’s trainer Richie Woodhall doesn’t beleive that his man will be fazed by the partisan home crowd. “I don’t think it will bother Dee at all,” said Woodhall. “He’s a very mature guy and will take it all in his stride. Anyway the pressure will be all on Coyle because he’s the local man. I’ve every confidence in Dee for this fight. He’s a good kid and although he had pretty limited amateur experience I think that has actually stood to him because he’s very fresh and I believe he’s at his peak right now.
“He can box or he can fight and he can switch between orthodox and southpaw if he needs to. Obviously we know it’s not going to be easy but we wouldn’t have taken the fight if we didn’t think we could win. He’s trained well for the fight and sparred with Matthew Macklin and that went well so I’m confident that Dee can pull it off.”