Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne registered a dominant performance in his first ring outing of 2012 on Friday May 25th at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO. Under the bright lights of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Ryan impressed those ringside as he controlled the action from start to finish over a very determined Julius Fogle(15-7) picking up his 20th professional victory in as many starts.
Ryan entered the bout coming off a bit of inactivity with his previous bout coming in December of last year while promotional rifts led to an unnecessary absence from the ring. Standing opposite the Outlaw was the battle hardened Julius Fogle who brought a pleothora of experience in both the amateur and professional ranks that was equaled by his desire not to play the role of opponent. Both fighters stepped on the scales the day prior in fantastic physical condition and looked to put on a spirited battle as they stepped through the ropes.
Coyne, making just his third start in the light heavyweight division after the majority of his career spent campaigning in the heavier cruiser weight division showed from the onset that he was the stronger more physical competitor. The cagey Fogle well aware of the physical advantages of his competitor looked to rely on his experience and wisely attempted to fight at range to limited success.
Coyne working behind his Southpaw jab continuously moved his opponent back to the ropes and fired off hard combinations stunning his opponent numerous times in the opening stanzas. Fogle brought not only a an admirable determination, but also an excellent game plan with which he attempted to keep the action in the center of the ring and looked to pepper Ryan with quick combinations.
As the fight entered the middle rounds, the Irish Outlaw countered the fleet footed Fogle’s crafty game plan with punishing body shots that would pay dividends as the fight reached the latter rounds. Thudding liver shots drew elation from the crowd on numerous occasions as Ryan pushed the pace entering the later rounds of the fight.
As the entertaining bout entered the 7th round Coyne hit pay dirt. Fogle, physically beaten, but mentally undeterred found it increasingly difficult to escape the pressure of the Irish Outlaw. As the round reached the final seconds, a brutal series of chopping left hands sent Fogle to the canvas and through the ropes. Fogle bravely beat referee Jay Nady’s count and was promptly saved by the bell.
As the bell started to begin the 8th and final round, the outcome was not in doubt, yet both competitors fought as if the final round would be the deciding factor in the bout. Fogle bloody and battered could have easily packed it in and saved himself any additional punishment, yet he proved himself a classy competitor exchanging punches till the final bell. Coyne himself had no intentions of coasting in the 8th and final round as he blitzed his opponent with big shots dropping Fogle not once, but twice in the final minutes of the wildly entertaining bout.
The judges tallies read 79-70, 79-70, and 80-69 for Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne as he improved his undefeated record to 20-0 in the entertaining one sided affair. It was a great evening of boxing at the Ameristar Casino as Ryan displayed an impressive arsenal of skill, determination, toughness, and ring savvy.
At 20-0 and rated #3 in the world by the World Boxing Association Ryan finds himself in prime for a big bout heading into the summer of 2012! While negotiations for such a bout are currently underway at Irish Outlaw Boxing, look for Ryan to make a quick return to the ring in the coming months as he looks to keep the momentum going. Details to come soon here at www.irishoutlawboxing.com.
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