16 November 2008 – By Cormac Campbell
Henry Coyle improved his record to 9-1 (8KO) with a thrill a minute eight rounds points victory over Sergejs Savrinovics at a packed Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar on Saturday.
Proving that two years in America had done little to diminish his popularity back home, the Western Warrior was greeted with a deafening roar upon his ring entrance to the Saw Doctors anthem the Green and Red of Mayo.
Coyle had been preparing for a 10 round clash with the Richie Woodhall trained Dee Mitchell, but following the Englishmans failure to produce a valid medical certificate the call went out to the 27 year old Latvian.
No stranger to Irish shores, Savrinovics last year gave Neil Sinclair a stern test in Cork. More recently he gave Young Mutley and John ODonnell tough workouts.
Despite being clearly outpointed (78-74) by Coyle, Savrinovics proved durable and competitive to the final bell. What was equally impressive was that Coyle, known as a puncher with all of his previous eight wins coming in a grand total of 16 rounds was able to force a frightening pace for the duration of the contest.
Moreover, any doubts over the Geesala mans chin raised following a first round KO defeat at the hands of Omar Bell in 2007 can now be laid to rest after he absorbed a number of heavy blows only to fire straight back.
Trapping his opponent on the ropes throughout the contest, Coyle threw sweet combinations to body and head and had the fight been over 10 rounds it is highly likely that a stoppage victory would have been the likely outcome.
Stay tuned to irish-boxing.com this week for an exclusive interview with Coyle and his team.