Coyle eyes big prize in Czech Republic

Connor Coyle has progressed to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix in Prague. (DER-23-0306-GMI-03-COYLE)

Connor Coyle has progressed to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix in Prague. (DER-23-0306-GMI-03-COYLE)

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Derry middleweight, Connor Coyle is closing in on his first senior international boxing medal after progressing to the semi-finals of the Usti Nad Labem Grand Prix in Czech Republic.

The Galliagh man sailed through his quarter-final bout against Hungarian, Hegyi Barnabes 3-0 in his debut performance in an Ireland vest on Wednesday.

And tomorrow afternoon (Friday), the St Joseph’s ABC middleweight takes on Arman Hovhikyan of Armenia in the last four 81kg bout as he aims to secure, at least, a bronze medal from his first senior international tournament in Prague.

Coyle is part of Ireland’s five man team, managed by Alan Martin, which includes London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill, George Bates, Stephen Ward and Michael Nevin.

With significant financial reward for the top two spots in the podium, Coyle will be determined to see off the challenge of the Armenian boxer tomorrow as he continues his preparation for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Boxing begins at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Irish time).

Results from quarter-finals: 60kg, George Bates (Ireland) beat Hamo Aperjan (Czech Rep) 3-0; 75kg, Conor Coyle (Ireland) beat Hegyi Barnabes (Hungary) 3-0; 81kg, Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat David Hunanyan (Czech Republic) 3-0.