British action star Tommy Coyle has announced his retirement from boxing at age 30, about eight months after his last fight, an exciting loss to Chris Algieri on the first Joshua-Ruiz undercard at Madison Square Garden.
Coyle retires with a career record of 25-5 (12 KO), and in all candor he’s not going to go down as a boxing immortal that future generations look back on with great reverence for his skills or accomplishments.
But for those who saw him fight during his career, he’ll be remembered as a warrior, and deservedly so. Coyle had an action style and never gave less than 100 percent effort, doing his very best to give you your money’s worth every time out.
“Boxing, I love you,” Coyle wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for being my best friend for the last 25 years, and thank you to everyone who has supported me on what’s been the best journey ever. Heartbroken, but heart beating. Business and the kids in the community are calling. Love to all.”
Coyle came up on the short end of most of his bigger fights, including losses to Derry Mathews, Luke Campbell, Tyrone Nurse, and Algieri. But it was the effort and spirit with which Coyle fought that was most memorable.
His final trainer, former fighter Jamie Moore (a warrior himself), also shared his thoughts about the fighter leaving the game, saying it better than I can.
“Every now and again, a fighter comes along and is remembered for the fights he was involved in and the pure heart and determination he shows in every fight,” Moore said on his own Instagram. “Titles are won and lost, but the imprint you’ve left on British boxing will last a lifetime, and people will talk about the fights you were in for years to come. Enjoy your retirement, son, looking forward to what the future holds for you.”
Happy trails to Tommy Coyle, and thanks for the fights.