Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne cruised to his 19th victory in as many starts this past Saturday in Atlanta as part of Roy Jones Jr’s King of the Ring Resurrection. Ryan registered a second round TKO of former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig in scintillating fashion before a tremendous crowd that featured former world champions Michael Grant and Nate Campbell. Also, ringside were celebrity entertainers Bobby Valentino and Young Joc.
In his second bout under new head trainer, Michael Moorer, Ryan was back in the ring less than two months after his previous bout and in phenomenal shape at a career light 177 lbs.
Working behind a razor sharp jab, Ryan demonstrated an assassin like patience as his he systematically took Craig apart. Paired with his trademark body work Ryan continued to showcase big improvements in his game working with Michael Moorer.
Both fighters looked to mix things up from the opening bell as Craig had no intentions of playing the role of sacrificial lamb. He fired off combinations, but quickly found out that he was unable to fight fire with fire.
As the first round came to a close, it was apparent to those ringside that Ryan’s physically superior blows were taking a toll on Craig. As the second stanza began Ryan looked to continue pouring on the punishment. Working behind a snapping Southpaw jab, Ryan uncorked a massive left hand that sent Craig crashing to the canvas in the final seconds of the round.
Craig bravely beat the referee’s count, but was in bad condition as he rose to his feet. The round ending bell saved Craig, but the damage was done as he was unable to answer the bell for the 3rd round. The official ending came at the end of round two as the Irish Outlaw scored his 4th knockout in his last five trips to the ring.
It was a great night under the lights for Ryan who improves his record to 19-0 and a prominent position on the radar of every fighter in the light heavyweight division. The stage is set for the undefeated charge to step into a major bout in 2012. Team Outlaw will soon announce Ryan’s next fight. Stay tuned to irishoutlawboxing.com for all the latest news and notes!