ONE IF BY LAND, AND TWO IF BY SEA
JUST prior to the American Revolutionary War, Bostonian freedom fighter Paul Revere came up with the idea of lighting two candles to indicate if British forces were approaching the area of Concord by sea during his famous ride from Boston.
It was also the tagline for Ricky Hatton’s May 2006 fight against Luis Collazo in Boston. Now, though, it could be used to describe the approach of a fresh wave of British boxers who are fighting in America as part of Eddie Hearn’s DAZN deal.
Earlier this year, the promoter phoned Coyle and spat out three letters that lit a fire in him: the U S of A. America had come calling and Coyle told BN that it was a call to arms he could not ignore. “Going to New York first is something that we can use to make memories as a team,” he said. “Have our coffee together in Times Square, visit Madison Square Garden, train at Gleason’s Gym — all those things you want to tick off the bucket list. Then we are on to Boston, soaking up the atmosphere before the fight.”
Coyle refuses to take his eyes of the immediate prize, something that may be true of his opponent, Ryan Kielczweski [left], who has lined up a November meeting against Miguel Ponce. “Is that right?” asked Coyle. “He would be making a mistake if he is. It would be a very, very silly thing to do. I’m focussed on the job and am looking forward to it.”