By Brian Grammer at ringside
WBC USNBC Champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs) successfully defended his title, destroying challenger Shane Steele (7-3, 5 KOs) by way of a crushing, 2nd round knockout. Coyne, who concentrated on both his defense and power in training for this fight, displayed the new focus, picking off shots with his gloves, sitting down on his punches and firing his ripping right hooks.
A beautiful night underneath the stars at St. Louis, Missouri’s Forest Park set the backdrop for an exciting night of action for Fight Night Promotions, Boxing in the Park.
In the first, Coyne put up a solid guard while he measured Steele’s power. “We worked hard in the gym on turning defense into offense”, the ‘Irish Outlaw’ said. Midway through the round, the champion found his opening by pounding Steele to the body with powerful right hooks. The challenger immediately felt Coyne’s power, dropping his elbow to try to cover up. At that point, Coyne fired a straight left hand that staggered Steele, and then followed up with another right to the ribs, dropping the challenger. Steele remained on the mat until referee Steve Smoger got to the count of nine, then rose to his feet. Steele answered affirmatively when Smoger asked if he would like to continue, but was dropped again by Coyne following 7 consecutive right hooks. Steele rose to his feet once again and survived until the end of the round.
In the second, Coyne continued his vicious attack of his opponents ribs, pounding away with his powerful right hands whenever the opportunity presented, then followed with piston-like straight left hands when the challenger dropped his arms to protect himself. Midway into the second, Coyne further mixed up his attack with tremendous uppercuts, forcing Steele to completely coverup and after a combination of a right uppercut, right hook to the body and a straight left hand to the jaw, Steele succumbed to the attack, floored for the third and final time. Steve Smoger immediately waved the contest to a halt, summoning the ring doctor in the process.
Smoger after the fight explained that although Steele was taking tremendous punishment, he continued to have clear eyes and responded with punches when asked to defend himself. It wasn’t until the final combination leading to the knockout that Steele was ever in any serious trouble.
When asked after the fight about the obvious emphasis in throwing the right hook, Coyne responded, “Although I may be Irish through and through, I have a tremendous Mexican trainer in Jose Ponce and he says it is a sin not to go to the body”.
Coyne commented that he is going to be a fighting champion and would like to defend his title again on the undercard of the just signed Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley undercard, scheduled for January 29, 2011. “Don King has been busy this week tying up the loose ends in getting the Alexander-Bradley fight signed, so hopefully we can talk to him soon to line up an opponent for me as well”, Coyne remarked.
In other fights on the card, Welterweights Troy White (0-0-1) and Jeffrey Combs (0-1-1) went 4 rounds, fighting to a majority draw. White worked in spurts, primarily behind straight left hands and combinations, taking the action to Combs. The counterpunching Combs, held off the advancing White by throwing lightning quick jabs. Judge Barbara Madison, saw White winning the fight by a score of 39-37, but judges Marty Bickle and Jackson Harper scored the contest as a 38-38 draw.
142lb Deandre Gibson (1-0) won his professional debut by outpointing tough Jamar Hampton (1-4, 1 KO). Gibson, who survived a first round knockdown from a Hampton straight hand, got up from the canvas, and worked hard to win the judges favor, 38-37 on all three scorecards.
By way of an explosive 2nd round knockout, cruiserweight Nick Reeder (1-0, 1 KO) won his professional debut over Kevin Jones (1-2, 1 KO). Reeder, who showed speed and power in both hands, knocked Jones down twice in the 1st round. Just 25 seconds into the 2nd, Reeder threw a picture-perfect right cross, floored Jones for a 3rd time, prompting referee Steve Smoger to wave off any further action.
Action packed accurately described the contest between welterweights Tyrone “TNT” Chatman (6-1, 5 KOs) and Dedrick Bell (4-3, 3 KOs). The shorter, stockier Chatman showed explosive power in both hands, moved Bell around the ring with quick, powerful left hands and sneaky strong right hooks. Bell, the taller fighter by 6 inches, held his own throughout the fight by leading with long jabs and clipping rights. This four rounder surprising went the distance and all three judges were in agreement, scoring the contest 40-36 for Chatman.