By Gary Mushrow, ringside. [Twitter: @Gary9690]
Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell improved his record to (12-0, 10KO’s) last night, with a tenth round stoppage over hometown rival Tommy Coyle (21-3, 10KO’s), in front of a 13,000 strong army of fans at Hull KR’s Lightstream stadium.
In a ferocious fight, whose pace very rarely relented, Campbell punished his opponent largely off the back foot with well placed body shots and sneaky counters. His opponent Coyle pressed the action from the offset and looked to get inside the huge 71″ reach of Campbell from the opening bell.
Coyle’s come-forward all-action style had the crowd in raptures throughout the ten rounds; surviving a nasty body shot in the second round, ‘Boom Boom’ seemed hell bent on giving the fans value-for-money and implored Campbell to bring the fight to him even when he seemed most hurt.
The 27 year old Campbell showed excellent footwork, often taking a little step back and countering whilst Coyle rushed in, punishing his younger foe heavily; at times Coyle seemed almost too brave for his own good.
A body assault seemed to pay dividends for Campbell after a sequence of head hunting, through the middle rounds, and after an eighth round resurgence from Coyle, the standout amateur had seen enough and looked to close the show to the body in round ten.
He did just that, dropping the former WBC international lightweight champion three times to the body and head in the corner; each time Coyle bounced up and implored for more, but referee Victor Loughlin had seen enough.
Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, Campbell said, “Tommy is a great fighter so I didn’t rush. I needed to be patient. He’s a tough man, fit and strong and knows what he’s doing inside the ring. It was tough and I just wanted to show everyone what I can do.”
“It was a massive opportunity for me to but this man here, the world is really going to appreciate him because he’s a special talent. I was confident I could upset the odds and even knock him out but he’s too smart. I’m a domestic fighter at best and that’s it. It’s hard when you grow up with someone and he upset me but what’s happened has happened. He’s a great fighter.” Coyle said after.
Promoter Eddie Hearn was delighted with the contest and held special praise for his charge, “He’s Britain’s greatest ever amateur. In two years I want him fighting for a world title here. In the meantime, it’s a red-hot division domestically. Kevin Mitchell is here, Anthony Crolla is here and there’s Terry Flanagan, Derry Mathews and Ricky Burns.”
Brian “Lion” Rose (27-3-1, 8KO’s) avenged another of his three defeats with a twelve round unanimous decision victory against Carson Jones (37-11-3, 27KO’s).
In a bloody affair, both fighters were matched pretty even throughout the contest, with Rose pressured and harrassed every moment of each round by his Oklahoma opponent. It was the cleaner more precise showy work from Rose which swung the rounds, but Jones always seemed to hurt his opponent whenever he seemed able to put his foot down on the inside.
Scores of 119-111, 116-112 and 117-112 decided the contest in favour of Rose, with this writer seeing it closer to the middle of the three scores. A run at middleweight now awaits the Blackpool man, with big fights to be made at his new weight.
Speaking to IFLtv.co.uk, Jones said, “I was too macho tonight. I made mistakes, but I’m brave and that’s what I wanted to show everyone. I was genuinely scared going out there, I would have retired if I hadn’t beaten him.”
Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12KO’s) scored a first round knockout over former David Price opponent Irineu Beato Costa Junior (17-5, 15KO’s).
Bombing out his latest opponent keeps Whyte on track for his clash with unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua later this year. Another warm-up clash on September 12 in London is pencilled in for the Brixton fighter, now trained by Klitschko trainer Johnathan Banks.
Former two weight world champion Ricky Burns (38-5-1, 12KO’s) bounced back from an impressive showing on PBC in Texas early this year against Omar Figueroa, with a fifth round technical knock out over Prince Ofotsu (15-5, 11KO’s).
A very strange stoppage if you didn’t manage to catch the action, with Ofotsu’s corner throwing in the towel mid-round when their man appeared to be enjoying a more even spell than he’d previously encountered in the first four rounds of the contest.
Routine victories were picked up earlier in the card, with Martin J Ward retaining his WBC international super featherweight title via unanimous decision against Sergio Blanco, Stuart Hall winning a six round decision against Edwin Tellez, Charlie Flynn beating Dan Carr over four rounds, Ryan Fuller besting late replacement Martin Szatmari, Connor Seymour winning over six versus Duane Green and George Rhodes winning a four round decision against Paul O’Brien.
Two bouts went against the run-of-play with Carl Chadwick losing to journeyman Kristian Laight over four rounds and Nathon Smith drawing with Danny Little.