Boxing: Johnny Coyle to be cheered on by pal Martin J. Ward at Brentwood Centre on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 July 2017

Johnny Coyle was previously a WBC youth world champion earlier in his career (pic: Len Whaley)

Johnny Coyle was previously a WBC youth world champion earlier in his career (pic: Len Whaley)


The latest news from the local boxing scene

Johnny Coyle will be cheered on by pal and new Commonwealth super featherweight champion Martin J. Ward when he fights Innocent Anwanyu at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday.

Coyle, a 24-year-old southpaw trained by Alec Wilkie, is unbeaten in 17 pro fights to date.

He has already won a Prizefighter tournament and a Southern Area belt, but has his sights set on a British title and looks to underline his claim with a good win over his experienced rival on Saturday.

Also looking for a win on the show is local cruiserweight prospect Harjeet Singh, who has enjoyed training in the USA and registered a debut win at York Hall in May.

The show also features John Wayne Hibbert, Jake O’Meara, Tyler Goodjohn, Tey Lynn Jones, Sohail Ahmed and Yorkshire’s ‘White Rhino’, heavyweight David Allen.

Cruiserweight Jose Lopes was happy to get back on the victory trail at York Hall when he scored a third-round stoppage success over Milan Chechvala of Slovakia.

Ex Dagenham amateur Lopes had his ambitions rocked when he suffered a controversial stoppage against Ossie Jervier in Southern Area title clash in March.

He bounced back with his eighth win in nine outings, slamming a third-round success against the Slovakian, with referee Chas Coakley halting the one sided action after one minute and 54 seconds of the third round.

Cruiserweight Mark Little was delighted to make it five wins in a row when stopping experienced Sheffield rival Darren Snow in two rounds at York Hall.

The prospect, trained by Dagenham coach Paul Cook, took early control of the clash, landing solid shots, before a powerful right to the body sent the Yorkshire fighter to the floor in the second round.

Snow climbed upright, but Little followed up with more solid shot and the referee signalled the end as the local fighter recorded his second York Hall win of 2017, both coming in the second round.

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