Friday April 5th sees the return of unbeaten middleweight Jimmy Coyle (3-0-1) in his first fight since signing a managerial and promotional deal with Goodwin Promotions. Coyle boxes on the undercard of Goodwin’s latest bumper show in Grays, Essex which is being shown live on Eurosport 8-10pm.
The story of Jimmy Coyle as an amateur was a very successful one. He was junior ABA champion, defeating current WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly in the semi final, and was also runner up in another Junior ABA final to Kell Brook, losing by a single point. Jimmy also won the NABC Senior title.
Big things were expected of Jimmy when he turned professional three years ago but with only four fights in three years his career was going nowhere and he was thinking of retiring. After a meeting with Steve Goodwin his enthusiasm has been rekindled and he is looking for 2013 to be the year he makes his mark in the professional ranks.
“I have had a lot of trouble outside the ring and am continually battling my demons. I have not been active in the ring for various reasons but now I have signed with Steve this will not be a problem. I get on really well with Steve as we are both straight talkers and say it as it is.
“Whilst I am taking one fight at a time I want to be fighting for a title by the end of the year (minimum Area title) and I will always be up for Prizefighter as I believe the tournament will suit my style.”
Jimmy will fight Jay Morris on the 5th April show which will be shown live on Eurosport.
Middleweight Lee ‘Banjo’ Markham takes on the tough ‘Pocklington Rocket ‘Harry Matthews for the British Masters middleweight title at his hometown venue of Grays Civic Hall. Markham has won seven from eight contests and has been very impressive since signing with Steve Goodwin with two stoppages over two previously unbeaten fighters and winning all three of his fights under the GP banner by stoppage.
Chester livewire Chris Goodwin, who has won 16 from 19 fights, takes on Irishman Oisin Fagan for the International Masters lightweight title. Veteran Fagan, 39, (26-8) at the age of 39 has mixed in world class company against the likes of Amir Khan and Paul Spadafora and he’ll still be a stiff test for Goodwin.
Menay ‘The Emperor’ Edwards aims to break into the world’s top 80 as he takes on world-ranked number 77, Latvian Arturs Kulikauskis.
‘The Tornado’ Tyler Goodjohn came close to winning his first title in 2012 when he lost a close decision to now Southern Area champion Danny Connor. Tyler looks to make amends as he takes on Dave ‘Dezzy O’Connor from Plymouth for the British Masters light-welterweight strap.
‘Lay ‘Em Out’ Ian Lewison, fresh from his controversial Prizefighter semi-final exit, has an International heavyweight clash with a soon to be named opponent.
Another heavyweight from Brixton, the exciting AJ Carter, makes his debut against Lancashire’s Paul Morris.
Light-middleweight Billy Cayzer has his first fight since losing his unbeaten professional record against Bulgarian champion Stillian Kostov and takes on Brummie Dee Mitchell. The by now traditional bumper Goodwin card is completed by middleweight Miley Cash v Dan Blackwell and super-middleweight Mike Evans v TBC.
There are a limited amount of tickets available at www.goodwinpromotions.co.uk