Essex super-lightweight Johnny Coyle has parted ways with Lansbury ABC coach Alec Wilkey after four years and has decided to set up a new camp.
Success in the ring has brought the unbeaten Coyle a Southern Area title and a WBC Youth title, as well as winning The Prizefighter tournament.
He is hoping a change in surroundings will bring him further success, with the prestigious British title in his sights.
“I’m looking forward to having the big fights and really pushing on this year now.”
Johnny has decided to join forces with the highly-respected Al Smith at the thriving iBox gym.
“I’ve known Al Smith for some time and I have heard nothing but good things about him in the boxing circuit so he was always a trainer I highly respected.”
A deciding factor in the switch was the stable that has been built up by Smith and Eddie Lam.
“You have to look at the other fighters in the gym and he’s got some top sparring in there that’s perfect for me in Bradley Skeete, Johnny Garton etc. as well as the fact I think he (Smith) suits my style of boxing.”
Leaving team Wilkey was not an easy decision for the Essex man but falling out of love with boxing meant Coyle had to do something to keep his career afloat.
“I just weighed it all up and it made sense and the move felt right to me.”
“We’ve only had a short time together so far but Al’s been really pushing me, it’s making me work hard but I’m starting to really enjoy my boxing again.”
Winning his last title in 2015, Johnny will be aiming to reignite his career after just the single bout in 2017, and with a stable full of champions, Coyle without a doubt will want to add his name to that list and bring yet another belt back to the iBox gym.
Written by James Lupton.