Johnny Coyle is fully focused on sweeping aside Friday’s opponent at York Hall despite knowing an IBF European title fight awaits him in December.
The unbeaten Coyle (19-0-1-KO2) takes on the experienced Angel Emilov this weekend – live on BoxNation – on an impressive MTK Global card that also includes Sunny Edwards’ WBO European title defence against Ryan Farrag and world-ranked Michael McKinson taking on local favourite Sam McNess.
Despite Coyle having been matched with another unbeaten fighter – Akeem Ennis Brown – on December 14, he insists the news is no distraction.
Coyle said: “I don’t feel I need to make a statement to Akeem this weekend. He already knows what I’m about and I know what he’s about so it’s just a case of staying active and getting the job done.
“Fighting for that title and winning it will put me right where I need to be and that’s up there with the top boys in the country. It’s where I should have been 12-18 months ago.
“This is a really good bill with some top fights on it and MTK Global is doing a great job putting on these shows. The York Hall atmosphere is special and it’s always been a great venue for me.
“I’ve learned a lot from beating Lewis Benson last time out. It was my first hard fight for a couple of years and I’ve had some good sparring since. It feels like I’m improving in the gym.
“This fight is coming at the perfect time for me. It’s a six-rounder and then I’ll tune down for a week after it go straight back into a heavy, full-on camp for the Brown fight.”
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