10 November 2008 – Press Release
Having fought Roy Jones Jnr in an Olympic Semi Final and Joe Calzaghe in a World title bout not to mention winning a World title himself, Richie Woodhalls views have to be respected.
The former WBC champions prediction that Delroy Sweet Dee Mitchell is going to upset Henry Coyle on this Saturdays Hunky Dorys Fight night at the Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar is bound to be a cause for concern for Coyles fans ahead of this weekends clash.
It should be noted of course that Woodhalls claim is not an unbiased one, after all he and his father Len train the Birmingham based Mitchell but nevertheless he believes his man can prove to be a party pooper in Castlebar by spoiling Coyles homecoming.
The scheduled ten rounder will be Coyles first pro fight on Irish soil having racked up eight KO wins from his nine pro outings Stateside since relocating there 18 months ago. The popular Geesala man will have huge support at the Breaffy House Resort on Saturday night but Woodhall doesnt think Mitchell will be phased by it.
I dont think it will bother Dee at all, said Woodhall. Hes a very mature guy and will take it all in his stride. Anyway the pressure will be all on Coyle because hes the local man. Ive every confidence in Dee for this fight. Hes a good kid and although he had pretty limited amateur experience I think that has actually stood to him because hes very fresh and I believe hes at his peak right now.
He can box or he can fight and he can switch between orthodox and southpaw if he needs to. Obviously we know its not going to be easy but we wouldnt have taken the fight if we didnt think we could win. Hes trained well for the fight and sparred with Matthew Macklin and that went well so Im confident that Dee can pull it off.
Coyle has been preparing for the fight in Chicago and hes promised to put on a show for his loyal fan base at home in Mayo.
Its going to be a great night for myself, my family, friends and supporters. To fight at home is literally a dream come true and I cant wait for that first bell to ring.