Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne made a spectacular return to the ring on Saturday October 9th in the main event at the Dwight Davis Center in Forest Park. Ryan was featured in this special attraction ‘Boxing in the Park’ put on by Fight Night Promotions in association with Don King Productions.
Ryan entered the ring fueled by the support of the Irish community on an unseasonably beautiful evening in St. Louis that promised fireworks. Led into the ring by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the spirit of the Irish faithful consumed the packed house.
Coyne, the reigning WBC U.S. National Champion, was making a swift return to the ring following his title winning effort just two months earlier at Don King’s ‘Gateway to Greatness’ and looked to showcase his ever improving skill set in this showcase bout.
Opposite the Irish Outlaw was the rugged Shane ‘Super Man’ Steele. The rugged challenger from Louisville, KY looked to bring the fight to Coyne from the opening bell, but found out the hard way that he had chosen the wrong strategy as Coyne had no intentions of making it a long night.
Ryan came out guns blazing and immediately let Steele know he was by far the more physical fighter. Brutal body shots put the determined challenger on the canvas twice in the first round.
Steele bravely rose to his feet on both occasions at the count of 9 and indicated to referee Steve Smoger that he indeed wanted to continue, and survived the opening round.
Steele’s survival, however, was short lived as the Irish Outlaw continued his full out blitz in the second stanza. A ferocious uppercut had Steele in serious trouble before Ryan punctuated the action with three concussive left hands that left the Man of Steel motionless on the canvas with his arm limply draped over the rope. Referee Steve Smoger immediately called off the bout and called the ringside physician into the ring to attend to the fallen challenger.
With the victory, Ryan closes out 2010 by improving his unblemished record to 16-0. Ryan will be in the mix with the top contenders in the division in 2011 as continues to climb the rankings to an eventual title shot that is getting ever closer.
Everyone at Team Irish Outlaw would like to extend it’s gratitude to all the fans, sponsors, and of course the sons of the Emerald Isle that made the evening an overwhelming success. The wheels are already turning on Ryan’s next bout, and several big announcements are coming soon. Stay tuned to irishoutlawboxing.com for all the latest news and notes!