Following their highly impressive victories last weekend Hull lightweights Tommy Coyle and Luke Campbell seem set for a big domestic clash next summer.
Coyle, aged 25, holds a record of 20 wins and 2 losses and is full of confidence following his stunning knockout victory over former world champion Michael Katsidis.
Many felt that Australian Katsidis aged 34 holding a record of 30 wins and 6 losses was a fighter well on the decline coming into the fight, but that he would still present a tough test for Coyle at this stage of his career.
Katsidis has been a huge fan favourite in his tough career, with his battle on British soil against Graham Earl in 2007 the stuff of legend.
The tough Aussie has campaigned at the top of the sport against the likes of Ricky Burns, Robert Guerrero, Juan Manuel Marquez, Kevin Mitchell and Juan Diaz, but on the evidence of his defeat to Coyle those days are well behind him.
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Emphatic Win for Coyle
Coyle was to dispose of Katsidis in emphatic fashion with a perfectly timed counter left landing flush in the second round. Katsidis hit the canvas and was clearly in no fit state to continue.
This was a huge win for Coyle and one which shows his progression since joining trainer Jamie Moore. The two seem to have built an ever-improving partnership whereby Coyle’s natural aggression is matched with boxing skill.
Campbell wins too
On the undercard 27-year-old reigning Olympic Gold Medalist Campbell took a step up in level of opposition, against a man who caused the aforementioned Coyle a whole world of problems.
Daniel Brizuela was involved in one of the most remarkable fights seen in recent times early this year with Coyle. There was an astonishing eight knock downs in the rollercoaster ride of a fight. Brizuela showed himself to be a more than capable advisory on the night and a good opponent for Campbell to face.
The way in which Campbell dealt with Brizuela highlighted just how talented a boxer we have on our hands. He was in complete control throughout the fight as his fast hands landed at will with unerring accuracy.
Dominant win sends out statement of intent
Campbell was completely dominant in the fight not allowing Brizuela to get close and it was a pure master class of technical skill. Campbell threw his ramrod jab keeping the fight at distance where his far superior boxing talent would come to the fore.
The fight came to its conclusion in the 5th round, with Campbell landing cleanly with little coming back at him.
The victories of Coyle and Campbell have paved the way to a huge domestic battle of Hull next year between the two friends. There is a real desire for the fight to take place but both will fight again before they face off.
The appetite for this fight is massive in Hull and there will be a real buzz in the community with support being split down the middle for the two fighters.
Campbell a marginal favourite for domestic dust-up
Coyle is the more experienced professional with 22 fights to his name compared to Campbell's nine but Campbell was a hugely successful amateur and may well be the favourite coming into the fight.
Campbell looks like the sort of boxer who excels when he has a legitimate test in front of him and his skills come to the forefront when he is met with an opponent who is coming to win.
Coyle will more than be coming to win and with his busy style this should make for a fascinating fight between twe very likable characters.
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