Johnny Coyle is fully focused on sweeping aside Friday’s opponent at York Hall despite knowing an IBF European title fight awaits him in December.
The unbeaten Coyle (19-0-1-KO2) takes on the experienced Angel Emilov this weekend – live on BoxNation – on an impressive MTK Global card that also includes Sunny Edwards’ WBO European title defence against Ryan Farrag and world-ranked Michael McKinson taking on local favourite Sam McNess.
Despite Coyle having been matched with another unbeaten fighter - Akeem Ennis Brown - on December 14, he insists the news is no distraction.
Coyle said: “I don’t feel I need to make a statement to Akeem this weekend. He already knows what I’m about and I know what he’s about so it’s just a case of staying active and getting the job done.
“Fighting for that title and winning it will put me right where I need to be and that’s up there with the top boys in the country. It’s where I should have been 12-18 months ago.
“This is a really good bill with some top fights on it and MTK Global is doing a great job putting on these shows. The York Hall atmosphere is special and it’s always been a great venue for me.
“I’ve learned a lot from beating Lewis Benson last time out. It was my first hard fight for a couple of years and I’ve had some good sparring since. It feels like I’m improving in the gym.
“This fight is coming at the perfect time for me. It’s a six-rounder and then I’ll tune down for a week after it go straight back into a heavy, full-on camp for the Brown fight.”
A Commonwealth title and two Welsh titles will be on the line in S4C’s latest free-to-air fight night, which will also feature Andrew Selby’s first fight in over a year.
The Welsh television channel will be broadcasting the Sanigar Events card on Saturday, 27 October, live from the Newport Centre.
The Bocsio Byw (Live Boxing) programme will feature Welsh language commentary, with English language commentary – provided by former WBU World title holder and now leading trainer Gary Lockett and John Hardy – available via the red button service.
Topping the bill is the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title bout between hometown fighter Robbie Turley and Bristol’s Ashley Lane.
Tony Dixon, of Mountain Ash, and Kieran Gething of Pontypool, will fight for the vacant Welsh welterweight title.
And having been out of action since October 7 last year, Andrew Selby will make his long-awaited return to the ring in a six-round warm-up fight. It will be the first fight for Selby, who is Wales’ most decorated amateur boxer, since he pulled out af last April’s European title fight with Frenchman Vincent Legrand.
And it will be Wales versus England in a lightewight elimination contest as Gavin Gwynne, from Trelewis and Myron Mills, from Derby, battle it out, with the winner moving on to fight for the prestigious British Lonsdale belt.
The programme will also round up the evening’s other fights, including Fred Evans’ sixth professional fight versus Ryan Toms, and fights for Nathan Thorley and the best up and coming talent from across the country.
The event is the third live night fight to be shown by S4C in the last 12 months, having previously shown two Sanigar Events cards, in Merthyr Leisure Centre last December, and the Cardiff Ice Arena in April this year.
S4C is available to watch throughout the UK on Sky (channel 104 in Wales, 136 in the rest of the UK), Virgin TV (channel 166 in Wales and the rest of the UK) and Freesat (channel 104 in Wales, 120 in the rest of the UK). It will also be shown online on the S4C homepage, s4c.cymru, the S4C Clic app for iOS and Android, and via BBC iPlayer.
MTK Global is delighted to confirm the signing of talented Yorkshire super-bantamweight Amin Jahanzeb after an impressive start to his professional career.
The 22-year-old from Bradford, who is trained by Dominic Ingle, has won both of his fights in the paid ranks and will continue to build his fanbase when he faces Lee Stevens at The Bradford Hotel on November 10.
Jahanzeb said: “MTK Global is on the up and they’ve got some of the best fighters in the game right now. They just added another one in Amin Jahanzeb!
“I’ve now got a great platform to show the world who I am and what I can do, so I will keep winning, keep improving and kicking down doors to take any titles I come across. Anything less than becoming world champion would simply be an under-achievement.
“I stepped into a boxing gym for the first time at around 14 years old. My Dad used to teach me and my brother how to fight and we’d spar in the living room a few times a week. We grew up tough. We’re from a struggling background so we had to learn how to defend ourselves.
“I live, breathe, eat and sleep boxing in my spare time I just relax. I’ve been working different jobs to get by since I was 16 to support my family but I have always worked it around my boxing.
“I believe people should do what makes them happy and if you can earn a career out of it then what could be better than that?”
MTK Global Scout Tom Stalker added: “I’ve been hugely impressed by Amin since I first saw him and believe he has a huge future in the sport.
“Being around some great champions under the expert eyes of Dominic Ingle can only speed his progress and we’re looking forward to an exciting journey taking in plenty of titles. Amin is very advanced for his age and we believe he’s a star of the future.”