Hull Boxer Tommy Coyle has paid tribute to the support he has received from local businesses as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life.
Tommy, 22, has been inundated with offers of support from local companies following his rapid rise to fame as a future star of the ring.
He is currently training for his fight against Spanish number two and European top 20 boxer Ruddy Encarnacion for the vacant WBC International Silver lightweight title. The bout at Hull City Hall on Friday November 2 represents a major step forward for the Stevie Smith Boxing Academy star, whose ranking on the British, European and world stages would rocket with a victory.
The Silver title is also seen as a stepping stone to the full WBC International title.
Before that, Tommy will also take part in the Prizefighter tournament at Liverpool’s Olympia stadium on Saturday 6 October to be screened on Sky Sports One.
But despite the exciting times which lie ahead, Tommy says that none of the opportunities would have been possible if it wasn’t for the generous financial support he has received from Hull businesses.
Tommy says: “Boxing is traditionally known as a very costly sport and for many it simply stays as an expensive hobby. There are wages that need paying for sparring partners, costs for training camps and then all the nutritional and food supplements which alone cost me about £600 every month.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to receive a lot of financial support. Without the backing of my four key annual sponsors – Neil Hudgell Solicitors, East Yorkshire Shutters, Designs and Cardwell Construction – I don’t think I’d have been able to pursue boxing as more than a hobby and realise my ambitions. I’m eternally grateful to them all.”
He continues: “The support has been absolutely tremendous. As well as my main sponsors, I’ve been approached by a lot of smaller organisations who wanted to help me. Even my local chip shop recently handed me £500 which is wonderful.”
Neil Hudgell, Managing Director of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, adds: “It’s great to see a local lad doing so well at his sport and having so much potential for the future. We’re delighted to be able to support Tommy and wish him every success with the exciting opportunities ahead.”
Since making his debut in the Prizefighter tournament three years ago, Tommy has won 13 out of 13 fights.