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August 28, 2014

KATSIDIS HEADING TO ENGLAND FOR NEXT BOUT

Campbell steps up to first twelve rounder

Press Release: 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell will takes on Daniel Brizuela in his first twelve rounder  and Tommy Coyle faces Michael Katsidis at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25th, live on Sky Sports.


Campbell (7-0) is campaigning at lightweight. Brizuela, from Argentina returns to the venue where he lost to Coyle in a fight-of -the-year contender in February in which both men hit the canvas four times before Coyle stopped Brizuela (26-3-2). Brizuela also went the distance with Daud Yordan in a failed IBO title bid.

Australian star Katsidis (30-6) returns to Britain to tackle Coyle 19-2), and the former two-time WBO interim champion is looking for a repeat of his stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell. After two years out of the ring, Katsidis has won two fights on the comeback trail.

“This is a big step-up for me but one I feel that I am ready for,” said Campbell, who first boxes at Wembley Arena on September 20th. “Brizuela’s fight with Coyle was unbelievable and I know I am in for a serious night’s work, but I’m 7-0 now and with more rounds under my belt in September, I’m confident I can land my first title.”

“It’s great to be fighting someone of Michael Katsidis’ calibre,” said Coyle. “There were many big names touted for this fight and I am delighted that it’s Michael I’ll be taking on. He’s been in with Mitchell and Ricky Burns over here and also shared the ring with Robert Guerrero and Juan Manuel Marquez, so to beat him will be a huge achievement and a great scalp to have on my record.”

“It is nice to be fighting in England again and I am very much looking forward to the fight with Tommy,” said Katsidis. “I have always enjoyed the passion of the fans and I feel at home when I fight there.

“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Brendon Smith for putting this fight together and I am working very hard in camp at present.

“I would also like to thank Tommy for putting his hand up to fight me, I have had a number of offers from the UK and I am happy to come to Hull for the fight.”

“It was a little over a year since that great night at Craven Park when we came to the city of Hull for the first time,” said Hearn. “We’ve had three fantastic nights but I strongly believe this will be the most entertaining and definitely the most important.

“Tommy Coyle, who now has a reputation of being in regular wars, fights perhaps one of the most World renowned warriors in Michael Katsidis, while for Olympic champion Luke Campbell, this is the acid test. Brizuela, who came back from an impressive win following his fight of the year with Tommy, is a huge step up for Luke and one we believe he is ready for. Victory for both men will set up the battle of Hull in 2015, which will be a defining sporting occasion for the city.”

Unbeaten super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell and rising star Gamal Yafai appear on the bill alongside a host of young local talent in Nathon Smith, Tom Knight, Charlie Payton and Connor Seymour.

Tickets are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at MatchroomBoxing.com



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