Algieri-Coyle Signed For June 1st
The card for Anthony Joshua’s Madison Square Garden debut has another title fight set, as Chris Algieri and Tommy Coyle will face off on June 1st.
Algieri, a New York native, returns to defend his WBO International Junior Welterweight title against Coyle in his first defense of the title since defeating Daniel Gonzalez at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden back in January.
Algieri fighting for the third time since returning from a nearly three year hiatus defends against Coyle who moves up in weight following a win over Ryan Kielczweski.
“I’m very excited to be fighting once again at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden on June 1,” said Algieri. “I know that Tommy Coyle is another tough test for me and that a victory will bring me one step closer to another World title fight.
“I’d like to thank my entire team for making this possible and for their total support of my quest to once again become a World champion.”
“I’m absolutely delighted to be boxing on such a huge event at Madison Square Garden,” said Coyle. “It’s a dream come true. Fighting in America is one thing, but fighting at the mecca of boxing against a former World Champion in Chris Algieri is just unbelievable and I’m so up for it.
“I’m expecting a Gatti vs. Ward style fight, I really am. I know how tough Chris is, you’ve only got to watch him in the Provodnikov fight, I’m not sure if he broke his eye socket or not but he just gritted his teeth and battled on. I think we’re both cut from the same cloth. It can only go one way and I think that’s a war.”