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Tommy Coyle

Tommy Coyle

Boxer

Tommy Coyle (born 2 September 1989) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2009 to 2019. He held the Commonwealth lightweight title in 2018, and has challenged once for the British light-welterweight title in 2016. He is the older brother of Hull City footballer Lewie Coyle.

Coyle made his professional debut on 18 September 2009, winning a six-round points decision against Kristian Laight. On 6 October 2012, having won his first thirteen fights, Coyle lost a three-round unanimous decision to Gary Sykes in the quarter-finals of the Prizefighter lightweight tournament. Coyle suffered his second professional defeat to Derry Mathews on 13 July 2013, in a tenth-round stoppage.

Two of Coyle's best wins came in 2014, beginning with a last-round stoppage over Daniel Brizuela on 22 February, in what was named a Fight of the Year candidate by ESPN, and Round of the Year by The Ring magazine. This was followed up on 25 October with a surprise knockout of battled-hardened slugger Michael Katsidis in two rounds.

These two fights helped set up a showdown with fellow Hull native and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell, with their highly anticipated fight eventually taking place on 1 August 2015. After being knocked down four times, Coyle was stopped in the tenth round. After moving up to light-welterweight and scoring a points decision victory over Reynaldo Mora, Coyle challenged British champion Tyrone Nurse. Coyle lost a closely contested unanimous decision despite knocking Nurse down in the seventh round.

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September 2, 1989
Tommy Coyle was born in Kingston upon Hull.

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