Confident Tommy Coyle says Kieran Farrell is “too tough for his own good” ahead of English title showdown

Posted: July 17, 2012 in Interviews
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TOMMY Coyle insists he will out-think Kieran Farrell in the battle of Britain’s rising unbeaten lightweights.

The pair will clash for the English title later this year, with the fight out to purse bids.

Their duel will be a fascinating battle of prospects, with Hull’s Coyle (13-0) confident he will out-think the Heywood man, who shares the same fighting record.

“Farrell is too tough for his own good,” said Coyle, whose most recent victory was a home-town four-round points win against journeyman Sid Razak, last month.

“I think his balls are bigger than his brains, he can’t stop himself. His style will suit me and I believe the atmosphere will make him want to tear my head off.

“His style is like Ricky Hatton’s – a real body puncher – but without Hatton’s aggression. I’ve had many a spar session with Kieran so we’ve already got the game plan locked down to beat him.

“Someone’s ‘0’ has to go – and I’m making sure it’s not mine.”

Coyle has been working with a new conditioning coach, Mike Pratt, in the build-up to the fight and says he has been stretched like never before, in preparation for the contest.

While he remains focused on overcoming Farrell and claiming the English title, his eye has been caught once more by the familiar name of Grimsby’s Kev Hooper. The Carl Greaves-promoted fighter will face stable mate Amir Unsworth for the Midlands Area belt on October 19 in Cleethorpes, a bout which also serves as an English title eliminator.

Coyle expects Hooper to triumph in that encounter and hopes he will be able, finally, to lock horns with the unbeaten man.

“I have offered Kev Hooper a fight three times now,” said Coyle.

“I keep hearing excuses like he’s going away to get married or he’s on holiday. If I was offered that fight I wouldn’t be going anywhere.

“But I’d have to go with Hooper against Unsworth, who has only one gear and one pace, which is to go forward.

“I am a big believer of skills paying the bills, so a fight between me and Hooper would be very interesting – and exciting for the fans.”

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