Coyle: I am ready to step it up- Donnelly: I would have preferred more rounds

CONNOR Coyle overcame the cagey Lungile Dyamdeki  at a canter in Glasgow today, but is ready to step up the pace as he approaches the business end of the Commonwealth Games.

The Middleweight set up a clash with either Dennis Thomas or Jonathon Keama in the next round of the competition with a some what comfortable win.

The Derry puncher fought at a controlled pace and knows tougher test are to come, but revealed he is ready to up the gears when need be.

“I was just holding the pace up and not trying to rush in and make any mistakes. I knew I had it there and I fought the fight that I wanted to,” he told Sports Mole.

“It was important to get the first bout out of the way and get the rustiness away. I will step it up now as the tournament goes on.”

Steven Donnelly started in top gear as he got rid of his opponent in 37 seconds on Friday night. The stoppage certainly caught the eye and impressed pundits and fans, but Donnelly wasn’t overjoyed with the result.

The Ballymena man would have preferred more rounds.

“The way it ended I am happy, but maybe a wee bit longer would have done me good. I have been training hard though,” he told Sports Mole.


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