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No messing from ‘The Kid’ – Connor Coyle scores quickfire knockout win in Mexico

Connor Coyle’s Mexican pit stop was fittingly quick.

Indeed the comute to work took a lot longer than the job at hand.

After taking over 30 hours to get to Mexico the 30-year-old took less than three minutes to get the job done.

The Derry middle made it back-to-back-to-back Mexican wins by stopping Esteban Villalba in the first round of their Chihuahua-hosted clash in the early hours of Sunday morning [Irish time].

The pre-first bell playing of National Anthems almost gave a sense of occasion but in truth, this was a keep busy affair on a busy card in a gym for a fighter who hadn’t fought in 15 months – and the Derry fighter got the job done accordingly.

There was no childsplay or messing around from ‘The Kid’ as he stopped the experienced Mexican journey man in under 90 seconds.

Villalba hit the deck after taking a right-hand flush in the first minute, dropping to the seat of his pants after the first backhand thrown by Coyle.

The Mexican rose to his feet under pressure from the few in attendance but the crowd couldn’t prevent the referee from stepping in a few seconds later and after a Coyle onslaught.

Speaking after the bout the former Roy Jones Jr promoted 160lbs fighter said: “That was a lot quicker than I expected. I saw the opportunity and I took it. We will go home and go straight back to the gym. I hope to have my visa for America by August then we can head back out there and try and get in the top 10 by the end of the year.”

The win see’s Coyle improve to 13-0 with six knockouts while his opponent Villalba slips to 12-24-3.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com