Derry duo Connor Coyle and John Cooley were both in action on a Fire Fist card at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa and had vastly contrasting fortunes.
Light middleweight Coyle scored a dominant six-round points win over Joshua Maxwell on the Golden Boy-streamed card, but super bantamweight Cooley fell to a shock first round knockout defeat against Joseph Cole.
Commonwealth bronze medalist Coyle [6(2)-0] was classy throughout, moving well and throwing nice combinations. The hot prospect scored a knockdown in the fifth following a barrage of shots before claiming a unanimous decision win on the cards (60-53 x3).
Earlier on in the night though there was disappointment for Cooley [2(0)-1(1)]. A backhand right from Cole at the end of the first led to a delayed reaction knockdown as Cooley slumped to one knee and could not beat the count.
(Skip to 1hour and 10minutes for Cooley’s fight)