Khan vs Lo Greco: Tommy Coyle feels it is his destiny to win the Commonwealth title
By Neel Khagram
Tommy Coyle believes “it’s written in the stars” that he beats Sean Dodd and wins the Commonwealth belt at lightweight.
‘Boom Boom’ has previously fallen-short in high-profile fights against Luke Campbell, Derry Matthews and Tyrone Nurse respectively, but says his experience competing against such calibre of opposition has prepared him for this Saturday’s challenge, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.
“It’s written in the stars that I win this title,” said Coyle.
“I think that this is the relaunch of me and I’ll have that title around my waist. It’ll come full-circle for me. When you look at the big fights I’ve had they’re all on my logbook of experience making me the fighter that I am today. I really do feel that I am going to get rid of him in there.
“I’ve fallen in love with the game again. Normally I’m very nervous, anxious and quiet as the camp comes to an end, because I don’t want to lose. For the first time in a long time I feel super-confident. Timing is everything, I really think that this fight is made for me.
“I got thrown into the Derry fight and I’ve learnt on the job. All that experience is going to pour out of me tonight and that will be enough.
Dodd will be making the third defence of the belt he won after stopping Lee Appleyard last year.
The Birkenhead fighter has won five straight bouts over a two year period, since a 12th round knockout loss and a contentious draw against Scotty Cardle in back to back contests saw him just miss out on the 140lbs British title.
However, Coyle says he has studied ‘Masher’s’ style and says educated pressure will lead him to victory on the night.
“He can box, he’s awkward, but I’ve got too much for him and I think that I’ll overwhelm him,” he said.
“I will press and press and press, and I am comfortable with that style of fighting. It’s the same dance just a different partner, I’m looking forward to it and ready to be champion again.
“I feel super sharp and well up for it. It’s a top fight. He’s the champion, he’s a proud man and I’m going to his backyard. It’s going to be a great fight but the pictures after the fight will be even better. We’ll have a sit down, a bite to eat and a couple of drinks, because that’s what it’s about.”
Charlo vs Centeno Jr: Hugo Centeno Jr is aiming for career defining win against Jermall Charlo
By Neel Khagram
Hugo Centeno Jr believes he will seize upon Jermall Charlo's weaknesses and "hurt him" on April 21.
'The Boss' (26-1-KO14) lost his unbeaten record to Maciej Sulecki in June 2016, but says two successive wins since proves that he is capable of claiming the ‘interim’ WBC middleweight world title against his Texan-based opponent, on the undercard of Adrien Broner vs Jessie Vargas, at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, live on Sky Sports.
“I learned from my loss that I can’t underestimate anyone in this sport," he said.
"I’ve stayed in the ring and worked the whole time since the loss and it’s shown. Getting that big knockout over Immanuwel Aleem was a great moment and has helped catapult me back to the top of this division.
“Charlo is a strong fighter. A lot of fighters stand in front of him but he’s also a great boxer. I feel like I have those same attributes that he has. It’s going to be a chess match and a great fight. We have to see who the smarter fighter is on April 21. I know Charlo says he’s going to knock me out in one round, I’m not planning to let him do that. If I get my opportunity, I’m going to take it and I’m going to hurt him."
Charlo (26-0-KO20) will be fighting at the 160lbs limit for the second time having previously reigned as a world champion at super-welterweight alongside twin brother Jermell.
The self-proclaimed 'Future Of Boxing' has stopped four out of his last five opponents, but Centeno Jr says he is ignoring the praise the 27-year-old has received over his past performances, and claims to be mentally and physically ready for the challenge ahead after overcoming a minor injury.
"I don’t pay attention to anything people are saying about Charlo" he said. "I’m staying focused because I know that this fight can change my whole career. I’m ready to win.
“I’m feeling great right now. The rib injury was somewhat a blessing in disguise. Once I came back from the injury I was already in great shape. I feel great and I’m not depleted whatsoever. I’m 100 percent mentally ready for this fight."