Campbell – Coyle in local thriller; can Garcia punch at welterweight?
Unbeaten Olympic Gold medalist Luke Campbell will face off tonight in a local derby against former sparring partner and friend Tommy Coyle at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
The fight is an eliminator for the lightweight WBC title; in a fight billed as the “Rumble in the Humber”.
Campbell has undoubtedly the superior boxing skills of the two, and his 5ft 9” frame gives him a natural size advantage that should be useful in keeping the shorter, but aggressive Coyle at bay.
Coyle, while his record doesn’t suggest that he’s a huge puncher, has proved that he does hold impressive one-punch power when he knocked out Australian Michael Katsidis last year.
It could be argued, though, that Aussie at that point in his career was more than a little ‘shot’.
Coyle has also boxed almost three times the amount of rounds as a pro than Campbell, but this may only have an affect if it goes into the later rounds; the championship rounds.
“This is what it is all about for me. It’s about going out there and performing and a chance for me to show everyone how good I am,” Campbell told Hull Daily Mail.
“I cannot wait for this fight. I want to go to the very top and this is my chance to show everyone how good I can be, it’s a platform for me.”
Campbell is the rightfully the favourite with odds at 1/10, while a Coyle win is placed at 7/1. Not a bad bet if you have a few quid to gamble.
We predict a Campbell wine by the 8th round, but don’t be surprised if Coyle’s pressure gets to him and the wheels come off his Golden Boy bandwagon.
Danny Garcia moves to welterweight
Garcia is one of those unusual fighters in which nothing he does is spectacular: his fairly wild left hook is possibly his greatest asset. But whether this punch will carry its weight up a division to welterweight is yet to be seen.
Malignaggi on the other hand – while he’s generally fallen short on the key fights of his career- is a slick ring craftsman who over distance has a fairly real chance against anyone at the weight.
If Malignaggi hadn’t been blighted early in his career with damaging hand injuries, he could perhaps have been a dominant fighter at any weight. But this was not the case.
“I think it’s a must win for me as far as my own boxing career is concerned,” said Malignaggi.
“I think there’s no question. For the life of my professional boxing career to continue, i feel like this is a must-win for sure. I don’t think that there’s much of a must-win for Danny as it is for me.”
The New Yorker Malignaggi is right about this, Garcia is unbeaten and has notable wins against some serious opposition: Amir Khan, Erik Morales,
Garcia is the favourite at 1/9, while Malignaggi is placed at 11/2.
We predict a fairly straightforward win for Garcia, probably around the 6th or 7th round.
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