Point Of No Return (Hull) Preview

Article by Declan Taylor

Play one half of competitive 11-a-side football, travel from one end of the Victoria Line to the other, get about half way through one of Jamie Oliver’s so-called 15-minute meals. These are all things you can complete within 46 minutes and 24 seconds.

If, like me, you live a largely miserable, dull and frankly insignificant life, the above are some of the more exciting things that regularly take up just over three-quarters of an hour of your existence.

But back on February 22nd, Tommy Coyle and Daniel Brizuela put forward their suggestion for The Best Possible Way to Spend 46 minutes and 24 seconds with their incredible 12-round tear-up in Hull.


Just like the two men in the ring, the bout swung wildly throughout and served up no fewer eight knockdowns. Coyle provided the final one, catching Brizuela with a right hand after a minute of the final round and, although the Argentinean managed to climb to his feet, referee Steve Gray decided enough was enough.

If you’ve got nothing on for the next hour or so, I suggest you log onto the popular web-based video site ‘Youtube’ and relive the whole thing once more. If you’ve got plans – I suggest you cancel them and do the same.

Coyle and Brizuela will go back to the scene of the crime, Hull’s Ice Arena, this Saturday as part of Matchroom’s Point Of No Return card. And, although they’re not fighting each other, both men are in interesting contests at the top of the bill.

First Brizuela takes on the 2017 City of Culture’s other local hero Luke Campbell, who has surged to 8-0 as a pro. The 27-year-old Olympic gold medallist is being lined up for an all-Hull barn-burner with Coyle next year so it will be interesting to see how he fares against the man who served up such a classic in February.

Speaking exclusively to IFL TV, Brizuela stoked the fires ahead of the clash. He told Kugan: “I’m happy to be here after what happened the last time. Hopefully this will be a better fight. “I have trained a lot better this time and I feel that Tommy is stronger than Luke Campbell. Technically Luke is a better boxer but I think Tommy is stronger.”

Unsurprisingly, Campbell – rocking a mystery backpack at Tuesday’s public work-out – was having none of it. He responded: “I think everybody is entitled to their opinion – I think his opinion is bullshit but everyone to their own.

“He might handle someone’s style better than someone else’s style. All you have to do is look at the CVs and go from there. Ask me that again on Saturday night.”


In the main event, Coyle, who has forged a reputation as one of the most entertaining fighters in Britain, takes on a man responsible for arguably the most memorable war on these shores since the turn of the millennium – Michael Katsidis.

The Australian won an epic five-round shootout with Graham Earl at Wembley Arena back in 2007 – then, two years later, upset home favourite Kevin Mitchell at Upton Park.

There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, including a bizarre Earl rematch in Queensland during the summer, but the Aussie is still never backwards in coming forward.


Coyle, for his part, is expecting fireworks. He told Kugan: “I’m never in a boring fight, I love a fight.

“I’m living the dream, going in there and having a tear-up and getting paid for it? I couldn’t ask for anything┬ámore.

“Pressure fighters can’t go backwards, but I’m going to make him go backwards – watch.”

Aside from these two, Gavin McDonnell is also in an intriguing bout with Vusi Malinga – the man who Stuey Hall beat for the vacant IBF bantamweight title in December.

This 12-rounder is up at super-bantamweight and is for the vacant WBA international strap in what could turn out to be the fight of the night.

For a full list of Saturday’s card in Hull check www.matchroomboxing.com and make sure you keep it locked to IFL TV for all the build-up and post-fight reaction.