Connor Coyle doesn’t let shorts shambles ruin dream debut

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Everything went perfectly for Connor Coyle [1(1)-0] on his professional debut at the weekend in Florida. Well, almost everything.

A hard camp, a big televised card [on Spanish language channel Telemundo], and a rib-breaking first round knockout. The only problem for Coyle was that his dream debut featured him wearing a pair of old O’Neill’s training shorts.

“The shorts!” laughed the Derry man when asked by Irish-Boxing.com about his unassuming getup for his punch-perfect pro bow.

Coyle explained that he had fallen victim to the perils of transatlantic shipping, forcing him to wear his training gear. The light middleweight described how “I’ve had a pair custom designed from a lovely designer back home in Derry.”

“I’ve had my daughter’s name put on the front waist line, because I was fighting for her on that first fight, but the order didn’t arrive in Florida on time for my fight!”

“I waited on FedEx up until the last minute before I left for the venue. I couldn’t wait any longer, I had to go get checked in to fight and prepare myself.”

“In fact, my shorts still haven’t arrived. I hope they do soon, so I can wear them for my next one on November 5th [Red Corner show at the National Stadium].

While his ring attire was more suited to a Baltic journeyman, his performance certainly wasn’t, with Coyle needing less than half a round to become the first man to stop Euris Silverio at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa.

It was a special night for the Ulster man who admitted that “I was very excited about the fight, I was jumping with energy.”

“It was the fight in my life I wasn’t nervous for. The excitement I had was just surreal.”

“I knew I had put 12 solid weeks of training in and I knew I was more ready than ever.”

“The experience was electric. Walking out into the ring for the first time as a pro was amazing, I knew I had a fresh start.”

Recalling the fight itself, Coyle described how “the first bell rang, and I just went out and done what I trained to do.”

“I didn’t look for the KO, but I heard him squeal the first body shot, so I knew that’s where i was going to finish him. He went to hospital after the fight, found it hard to breath, he had broken ribs.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie