Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing Promotions has announced today on their Facebook page the signing of undefeated Irish middleweight fighter Connor Coyle (9-0, 3 KOs) to an exclusive, long-term promotional deal today.
Coming out of Derry, Northern Ireland, the 28-year-old Coyle Comes from a family of extensive boxing pedigree. His great-grandfather and uncle, both named Spider Kelly, were both boxers and became British Empire and Commonwealth champions.
“When I saw Coyle fight this past February 16th, I knew we had to have him,” explained RJJ Boxing CEO and co-founder Keith Veltre in the Facebook post. “He possesses all the assets to make him a future World Champion. He doesn’t wait to have the fight come to him, he brings the action to you. He will be a full-time fighter on UFC Fight Pass. You definitely want to keep an eye on Connor.”
“My team and I are very happy to sign with Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions,” Coyle said. “They made us a great offer and it was an amazing experience headlining for them on UFC Fight Pass in February. Fight Pass is a great platform that will only expand our horizons with fans across the globe. We’re excited to see what the future holds, and I look forward to entertaining the fans with every fight.”
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Coyle is coming off an impressive performance as a professional, looking solid in an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Travis Scott (19-5, 5 KOs) this past February 16, at historic Saint Petersburg Coliseum in Saint Petersburg, Florida. That fight was co-promoted by RJJ Boxing and Rite Hook Promotions and was the main event streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
For most of his 3 ½-year pro boxing career, Coyle has traveled back-and-forth over the from his native country of Ireland to Florida in order to finish his training with Jim McLaughlin. Coyle began training for his fights back home for four weeks with his coach since the amateurs. He then travels back to Saint Petersburg for a 4 to 6-week training camp session under McLaughlin’s guidance.
“I really miss my daughter when I’m away from home,” Coyle admitted, “but it’s also good to get away from family and any distractions to solely focus on getting in top shape. I’m used to the cultural differences between home and Florida. I come to the U.S. for one thing, training for my fight.
“I was mostly a boxer as an amateur but, as a pro, I’ve added more power and speed. I’m still a boxer, but I can fight when I need to, and I adapt in the ring to what my opponent is doing. This is going to be a big year for me!”