Why Coyle nearly pulled out of fight

Hull Daily Mail - - SPORT - By Con­nor Sweeney Sports writer sport@hull­dai­ly­mail.co.uk

FROM a young age grow­ing up as a fan of the Rocky films and through­out his pro­fes­sional ca­reer to date, fight­ing in Amer­ica has long been a dream for Tommy Coyle.

That dream was fi­nally re­alised last week­end when the Hull su­per-light­weight met Ryan Kiel­czweski at the TD Gar­den in Bos­ton, with Coyle re­turn­ing home with a re­sound­ing points vic­tory.

Now Coyle has re­vealed his train­ing camp was ac­tu­ally a night­mare and he came close to with­draw­ing just four weeks be­fore fight night hav­ing suf­fered with a back and hip prob­lem.

“I had the worst train­ing camp I’ve ever had in my life. I changed strength and con­di­tion­ing coaches and I pulled my back ten weeks out from the fight. So I didn’t ac­tu­ally com­plete one strength train­ing ses­sion for that fight,” ex­plained Coyle.

“Four or five weeks from the fight, I rang Ed­die Hearn and said if I have to pull out of this fight am I go­ing to get my op­por­tu­nity again? I was miss­ing so much train­ing; I didn’t think it was go­ing to go well at all.”

Due to in­jury Coyle had to take a cou­ple of weeks out of train­ing but then hav­ing made the de­ci­sion he should con­tinue at only three days be­fore the fight in­jury was to strike again.

“Three days be­fore the fight my hip went. Be­cause I had been putting a lot of pressure on my left side be­cause of the back is­sue I had on my right side, my hip flexor went.”

Coyle be­lieves an in­ter­view by An­thony Joshua af­ter his fight with Alexan­der Povetkin was the in­spi­ra­tion that made him per­se­vere, adding: “He said that he had the worst train­ing camp ahead of the fight with Povetkin.

“He said that it is your job to be a pro­fes­sional and there is no such thing as per­fect. So I per­se­vered and I knew when I was in the ring I’d find a way to win be­cause it was such a big op­por­tu­nity for me and I am so glad that I didn’t pull out.”

While Coyle con­quered his hip prob­lem to record a con­vinc­ing points win, he did it hav­ing suf­fered a bro­ken hand in the fifth round. The break across the knuckle of his left hand is now ex­pected to keep Coyle out of ac­tion un­til Christ­mas, with a re­turn to train­ing sched­uled for late De­cem­ber as he gears up for what could be the penul­ti­mate fight of his ca­reer in Fe­bru­ary.

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