Tommy Coyle feels it is his destiny to win the Commonwealth title

Tommy Coyle feels it is his destiny to win the Commonwealth title

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.”

By Neel Khagram @behindthefight