Amir Khan – Back in Business: First title bout added to April 21 bill

Tommy Coyle will challenge Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd for the Commonwealth lightweight title on April 21 as part of Amir Khan’s comeback bill in Liverpool.

Khan, 31, surprisingly signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing stable with a view to securing a future world title shot and will headline the famous Dockland’s Echo Arena in the spring.

Dodd v Coyle will now act as one of the support bouts after the latter was given a choice of three fighters by promoter Hearn.

Coyle’s options were cut from three to two when Ohara Davies was suspended for insensitive comments regarding the Hillsborough disaster and would have been impossible to add the bill due to his actions.

‘Masher’ Dodd was picked over British title holder Lewis Ritson and will effectively have home advantage due to living just across the Mersey in Birkenhead.

The 33 year-old makes the second defence of the belt he won against Lee Appleyard in April 2017 before successfully defending it against Scouser Thomas Stalker at the same venue in September.


For Coyle, 28, the opportunity means a second crack at the Commonwealth crown on the back of defeat to Derry Mathews in his own hometown of Hull in 2013.

More bouts are set to be added in the near future, with the likes of Anthony Fowler, Paul Butler and Rocky Fielding possibilities for appearances on the card.