Preview: Luke Campbell, Tommy Coyle fight in Hull

Sports Mole previews Matchroom Sport's Point of No Return show that takes place in Hull on Saturday night.

The Ice Arena in Hull plays host to Matchroom Sport's Point of No Return show on Saturday night as lightweight fighters Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle look to continue along the path towards a possible head-to-head meeting at the KC Stadium in the summer.

Campbell will be hoping to win his first professional belt when he faces Daniel Brizuela for the vacant WBA intercontinental title, while Coyle, who got off the canvas four times to beat Brizuela earlier this year, will go up against the reputable Michael Katsidis for the IBF international strap.

Below, Sports Mole assesses the two main events and undercard in Hull while also attempting to predict who will prevail from each contest.

1. Luke Campbell vs. Daniel Brizuela

Ever since winning gold at the Olympic Games in 2012, Luke Campbell has been regarded as a future world champion and it's difficult to be critical of the 27-year-old with him breezing past his opposition in his first eight bouts in the paid ranks.

The competition has been of a low standard, with Campbell's toughest opponent arguably being Scott Moises who had eight wins from 17 fights, but he has done what he has needed to do to gain the necessary experience to progress as a boxer and to put himself in contention for a showdown with Brizuela.

The Argentine was unheard of on these shores when he faced Coyle earlier this year, but in a match that will go down as one of the most dramatic of 2014, Brizuela and Coyle dropped each other four times before Coyle finally emerged the victor with a debatable 12th-round stoppage, but his performance on that night, albeit a losing one, put himself in the shop window for further paydays in this country.

British boxer Luke Campbell celebrates his victory over Andy Harris on July 13, 2013© Getty Images

That's exactly what has materialised ahead of the weekend, with Brizuela being brought in to give Campbell rounds and a stern examination to see if the Brit is ready to move on from domestic level, but the result of this fight is far from a foregone conclusion and Campbell will come under constant pressure from his opponent who will be looking to cause a stir at 135lbs.

Aside from his Stateside debut in August, there have been signs of a lack of sharpness in Campbell's work in his last three fights, perhaps understandable after an enforced absence during the first half of the year, but he needs to execute a busy and calculated gameplan to discourage Brizuela early on to avoid the South American swinging at will.

While Campbell should have enough to come through with the victory, this is a fight that has the potential to go 12 rounds, something that Campbell has never done before. If it goes the distance, it will be intriguing to see how he copes against a decent competitor who won't be influenced by the home crowd.

2. Tommy Coyle vs. Michael Katsidis

After his encounters with Derry Mathews and Brizuela, Tommy Coyle has become known as a boxer who loves to go to war with his opponents, but this Saturday, against Michael Katsidis, might be the time to show that he has a lot more to his repertoire than guts and determination.

Coyle was on his way to the Commonwealth title against Mathews in the summer of 2013 before a one-punch knockout saw him slump to his second career defeat, and he could have easily fallen short against Brizuela in February of this year after being on the end of some brutal shots from his opponent, especially to the body in the sixth round.

But on the flip side, it's Coyle's style that has helped him start to become a name in British boxing and regardless of how you judge the current standing of Katsidis in the sport, Saturday's meeting between the two has the potential to be even more explosive than the Brizuela match.

Tommy Coyle lands a punch during their Vacant Commonwealth Lightweight Championship bout at Craven Park Stadium on July 13, 2013© Getty Images

Despite reaching the age of 34, Katsidis isn't going to alter his aggressive style at this stage of his career and he won't give Coyle a moment's peace from the first bell. It may have been four years ago but that was enough to blast out Kevin Mitchell in three rounds, and it is something that the Australian will believe will eventually weaken Coyle as, or perhaps if, the fight progresses past the middle rounds.

While it's unclear whether Katsidis can still perform at this level, he has the benefit of having fought in several high-profile matches, including two outings in Las Vegas against Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero, and having based himself in England for the past seven weeks, he is taking the bout seriously as he targets one last hurrah in the lightweight division.

This fight has all of the makings of a classic and one that could go either way. If Coyle chooses to trade with Katsidis, he could get broken down, but if he mixes up his approach and keeps Katsidis guessing, the hometown fighter can stop his opponent in the late rounds.


The chief support to the two main events sees Gavin McDonnell face the biggest test of his short career against Vusi Malinga, who was fighting against Stuart Hall for the IBF title less than 12 months ago.

McDonnell was far from impressive in his last outing against Josh Wale with many believing that he was lucky to earn a split-decision draw, but he has the opportunity to make a statement in the super-bantamweight division with a win over Malinga, but the South African, who has also gone 12 rounds with Leo Santa Cruz, will start off the favourite against the Doncaster boxer.

Samir Mouneimne will attempt to respond from his defeat to Josh Warrington last year with a six-round outing against Michael Ramabeletsa, while Robbie Davies Jr is looking for a seventh professional victory against Kakhaber Avetisian.

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