Tommy Coyle can still pull off an upset win over Luke Campbell says Derry Mathews
Last Updated: 17/03/15 7:03pm
Derry Mathews is refusing to write off Tommy Coyle’s chances of defeating Luke Campbell, despite his unconvincing win over Martin Gethin.
Coyle's plans for a summer showdown with Campbell appeared to be in peril when he was dropped heavily in the second round of his recent lightweight clash with Gethin.
But he staged a determined fight back, forcing the Walsall fighter to pull out after the fifth round with an ear injury.
In stark contrast, Campbell comfortably halted Levis Morales on the same bill, and the two Hull fighters are expected to battle for hometown bragging rights this summer.
Mathews is fully aware of Coyle’s qualities as he was pushed to the brink by ‘Boom Boom’ before he rescued victory with a big left hook in the 10th round of their 2013 clash.
An admirer of Campbell, the Liverpudlian admits he will start the fight as favourite, but still feels his former opponent is capable of springing an upset.
He might be one of those boxers who does that. He did against me, although I caught up with him in the end and knocked him out.
Mathews, who challenges Richar Abril for the WBA belt on April 18, told Sky Sports: “It’s boxing, everyone has a chance and Tommy might perform on the night.
“He might be one of those boxers who does that. He did against me, although I caught up with him in the end and knocked him out.
“He performed that night and could perform against Luke Campbell, but I just think that Luke’s ability is a one-off.
“He’s one of the best out there and this is going to build Luke Campbell’s name even bigger and I think he’s going to do a great performance against Tommy.
“I wish Tommy all the luck in the world. He’s a good lad, may the best man win.”
Coyle issued an apology on social media after getting past Gethin, but Mathews thinks he was being too hard on himself.
“I thought he did well to recover,” said the 31-year-old. “It was leading into a good fight anyway until Martin Gethin pulled out with the ear injury.
“If Martin would have been able to carry on then I think that Tommy would have got a pat on the back from some of his fans, because I think he would have come back and beat Martin on points.
“I think he might have run away and out-boxed him. Unlucky for him, Martin pulled out, and made him look like a bad fighter that night.”
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