Cotena(pictured) faces Coyle in Castlebar
Italy’s boxers are promising double disappointment for the Irish when Elio Cotena and Fabrizio Trotta take on Henry Coyle and Patrick Hyland respectively on a big night of boxing at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday, August 12th. Cotena will take on Coyle for the WBF Light Middleweight title while former European title challenger Trotta will look to snap the longest unbeaten run in Irish boxing when he takes on Hyland in a Featherweight contest.
"Western Warrior" Coyle will have huge support in his native Mayo but Cotena is adamant that they will be leaving the Royal Theatre disappointed an d that Coyle will be leaving empty handed. Speaking from his training camp in Naples the 30-year-old Neapolitan declared, "I am coming into this fight on the back of the best form of my career and I know that a big win in Ireland will lead to even greater opportunities for me so I will be making room in my suitcase to bring another title belt back home to Naples."
Cotena is a grandson of the former Olympian and European Featherweight Champion of the same name and he is promising to do this namesake proud in Castlebar. "Boxing is in my blood and always has been. Everyone knows that my grandfather was one of Italy’s greatest boxers and I would love to replicate his achievements in the sport.
"I have trained so hard for this fight and my team will be leaving Naples very confident of victory in Ireland. I have watched some of Coyle’s fights and I think his style is perfect for me. We share a common opponent in Sandor Ramocsa and I have watched Coyle’s fight with Ramocsa and that has only made me more confident of victory."
Cotena will be joined on the card by compatriot Fabrizio Trotta and he’s confident that the Azzuri can pull off the double. "It will be great to have Fabrizio on the card as well. We will be there to support each other and I’m sure that the score will be 2 - 0 for Italy that night. Even if the Irishmen have Giovanni Trapattoni in their corner that night it will not be any help!"
Trotta will certainly be hoping for better luck on this trip to Ireland having been unsuccessful in a challenge for for Rendall Munroe’s European Super Bantamweight title in Dublin in 2008. On that occasion Trotta made an excellent start before suffering a broken right hand which put paid to his challenge in the fifth round.
"I have bad memories from my last trip to Ireland but I am determined to make up for that this time around," said Trotta. "Hyland has a nice record but records are for paper, they count for nothing once you start trading punches in the ring and I am confident that I can score a big win to put me right back in the picture for a European title fight."
"I have had a frustrating time since that fight in Dublin with injury and fights falling through but I am ready to put all that behind me next month and get a big win over Hyland. Our styles are similar and we both like to have a fight so I’m sure it will be exciting while it lasts but this will be a step too far for Mr. Hyland."
There will be plenty of local interest on the undercard at the Royal Theatre with Westport’s unbeaten Finbarr "The Rock” Eade bidding to lift the Irish Super Featherweight title when he faces London based southpaw Mickey Coveney while in an intriguing all Mayo battle former Irish Light Heavyweight champ, John "The Warrior” Waldron takes on Michael "The Storm” Sweeney. Another all Irish affair will see Roscommon’s Darren Cruise look to extend his unbeaten record against Leeds based Belfast southpaw Lee Murtagh while the Hyland family will be hoping for a double celebration when former European title challenger, Paul Hyland joins his older brother Patrick on the card when he takes on Welsh opposition in the shape of Dai Davies.
Tickets for the August 12th event priced from €30, €40, €70 and €100 are on sale from the Royal Theatre Box Office on 0818 719 300, Ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719300 and the boxers on the bill.