Connor Coghill will approach the new year with a new determination, news focus and importantly, a new coach after joining up with Tommy Coyle.

The 26-year-old super featherweight is just one of hundreds of professional boxers across the country who have effectively seen 2020 written off by the coronavirus pandemic with gyms closed and only a handful of shows taking place each month on the major television networks.

Having started the year with a victory in Hull, Coghill saw off the veteran journeyman Ibrar Riyaz at the Bonus Arena cheered on by a large support which confirmed the early career promise that both Coyle and Luke Campbell had a possible heir apparent around the lightweight division.

That promise soon turned to frustration in March as Covid-19 struck and nine months later Coghill is still without a return date of when he will next fight. However, hope has returned.

Connor Coghill beat Sean Davis
Connor Coghill beat Sean Davis

Government’s decision to begin opening venues in Tier One and Two regions offer that hope and for Coghill, the future is an exciting one once again, helped by his new partnership with Coyle.

The now retired former Commonwealth champion is a former gym partner of Coghill’s and the two have been friends for many years.

“We’ve always been pals and enjoyed each other’s company so it’s a great fit for me,” explains Coghill about his new trainer.

“Tommy is at the start of his career as a trainer like I’m at the start of my boxing career and we’re a good fit for each other. He’s got great experience in the ring and also has great contacts that can help open things up for me.

“We’ve been working together a few weeks now and it’s going really well. I’m just looking forward to getting back out there now after all this time.”

Still managed by Steffy Bull, Coghill will work with Coyle out of his Hull gym and is hoping to get back in the ring in March 2021 as restrictions ease in East Yorkshire.

With eight wins from eight bouts, the former amateur champion was on the precipice of a major breakthrough this year and yet his frustrations are tempered.

“There’s lots of people in really tough situations right now so me having things delayed a while isn’t something I’ll complain about,” adds Coghill.

Connor Coghill
Connor Coghill

“The plan is still the same, it’s just been delayed a year. I was on the verge of a breakthrough and had built my fan base up. There were 400 people came to support me at my last fight and I could feel things snowballing.

“I may have to start that again, but we’ll do that and 2021 will be a big year for me I am sure. There’s some good fights out there, I’ve got Tommy with me and hopefully some sponsors will come on board too to help.

“I’m excited what the next year has in store and I’m ready to make up for lost time.”