Matchroom return to Hull for their first show of 2015. In a definitive night prior to the “civil war” showdown in the summer – headline acts Tommy Coyle and Luke Campbell are both in action.
TOMMY COYLE VS MARTIN GETHIN
Boom Boom (20-2: 9KO’s) brimming with confidence after his stunning 2nd round KO of Michael Katisdis in October – faces Gethin (25-6: 11KO’s) in his final hurdle before facing Campbell.
Coyle told IFLTV yesterday that he believes Gethin is a tougher opponent than Campbell – and if he could he’d fight him on Saturday instead. Gethin has won the British title twice and lost to Ammeth Diaz in an IBF title final eliminator – so his experience exceeds Coyle’s to date.
25 yr old Coyle is the first to admit that whilst he will never be technically the most gifted boxer – he compensates that with his heart and pure passion for a “tear-up”. Tommy Coyle doesn’t do dull fights and I don’t expect Saturday to be any different.
What I like about Boom Boom is the average man in the street can relate to him – he’s down to earth, grateful to be doing a profession that he adores and you wouldn’t begrudge him the chance one day to get a crack at a world title.
I fancy a 10th round stoppage for Coyle – but wouldn’t be shocked if both men see the canvas in the process.
LUKE CAMPBELL VS LEVIS MORALES
Cool Hand (9-0: 7KO’s) made an emotional decision to return to this card – despite the terminal illness of his father, which he should be given all the credit in the world for. After much soul-searching and consulting with his family, Campbell took the brave decision to fight this Saturday.
Campbell in my eyes has received some unjust criticism this week for his career stagnating and “wasting” a year chasing the Tommy Coyle fight. Many citing fellow 2012 Olympians Felix Verdejo, Vasyl Lomachenko and even Anthony Joshua have progressed quicker since turning professional. The 27 yr old has taken two periods of absence from boxing for personal reasons and unless you are in the situation yourself – you can’t understand what effect it has had on him.
The fight with Coyle I feel is one that has to happen this summer, as Campbell will be “fast-tracked” towards title shots by the end of 2015 – early 2016. I’d expect him to contest for the British title at some stage before he ascends up a governing body’s rankings.
Nicaraguan Morales (11-1: 4KO’s) fights for the first time in his career outside his home country – and I expect Campbell to stop him within the distance.
SAM EGGINGTON VS SHAYNE SINGLETON
This is the one I am really looking forward to – a genuine 50/50 encounter. Eggington (13-2: 7KO’s) has had a whirl-wind few months since his impressive stoppage victory over Denton Vassell in September.
The 21 yr old officially signed with Matchroom in October and then it was announced boxing will be returning to Birmingham in May – with Eggington a headline act.
“This is a massive fight for me,” said Eggington. “Shayne has a title that can open doors for me if I can take it off him. He’s unbeaten but I am very confident that I’ll take his belt. It’s great to have the two fights mapped out for me, if I can beat Shayne then I am sure that the fight in Birmingham on May 9 will be a big one and that’s a massive incentive. I want to put on a great show in Birmingham because that’s my first big hometown show so I want to really impress the fans.
Standing in his way is undefeated Shayne “The Pain” Singleton (20-0: 6KO’s) and the opportunity to win the WBC International Silver Welter title makes the bout even more lucrative for the victor.
I’ve got an Eggington victory by way of a decision.
ROCKY FIELDING VS OLEGS FEDOTOVS
Rocky Fielding (19-0: 11KO’s) makes his return to the ring on Saturday evening – after 9 months out with a hand injury.
The 27 yr old’s last outing was against Noe Gonzalez last summer and the Liverpudlian is desperate to make up for lost time.
The BBBoC have ordered Fielding to face Paul Smith Jnr for the British Super-Middle title – with purse bids due on 11th March. Bizarrely this was announced recently in fight-week of Smith Jr’s rematch against Arthur Abraham – much to the dismay of champion Smith Jr.
Will Paul Smith face Fielding after he has demonstrated he can mix it at world level? I have my reservations – but I can’t see him vacating unless he is offered another big fight.
Smith v Fielding has the makings of a huge fight in Liverpool and one many would love to see.
Watch this space on that.
Fielding is also boxing on 11th April in Leeds as he looks to quickly get back in his groove and remove any “ring-rust”.
The rest of the card comprises of Light- Middleweight Tom Knight facing Erick Ochieng, Bradley Saunders and “The Beast” Gamal Yafai both fighting in separate six round contests.
All the action will be broadcast live on SkySports 1 on Saturday evening from 7.30pm.