By David Boyle: Friday night in Castlebar county Mayo, Henry Coyle (15-2-0) 12 KO’s became the new WBF light middleweight champion with a stoppage victory over Italian Elio Cotena ( 18-5-5). Also on the card unbeaten featherweight Patrick Hyland maintained his unbeaten record with a stoppage victory over Fabrizio Trotta.
Coyle, fighting in front of his home crowd, started the fight fast in a crab like shell, hurting the Italian with stinging jabs and right hands to the body and head. Coyle took control of the action from the off pushing the limited Cotena back and actively winning every round. Cotena, to his credit, was game and gave Coyle plenty to think about, but had no real impact on the determined Irishman. Coyle, being cheered on by Enda Kenny, rallied in the middle rounds and in the fifth cut Cotena over the right eye. Replays showed that the cut was caused by Coyle’s head, but the referee called it a punch. Cotena obviously distressed, stumbled to his corner at the end of the round and it was clear that he didn’t want to go on and the doctor stopped the contest to the delight of the home supporters.
Patrick Hyland scored a predictable victory, also over Italian opposition, in Fabrizio Trotta. The Italian was game and came thundering out of the corner attacking Hyland throughout the fight. Hyland’s tactics helped the Italian as he fought inside instead of using his skills and long arms to dominate the fight. By the fourth round it was clear the Italian was slowing and Hyland out-fought Fabrizio in some great exchanges. Trotta crumbled to the canvas with a stinging four punch combination to the body. Fabrizio rose and say sent down swiftly again with more of the same body shots.
It was a predictable victory and its now time to see Hyland in some more competitive fights, maybe with some British opposition, or he could be in danger of going stale in similar circumstances to that of Andy Murray when he lost to Gavin Rees earlier in the year.
August 12th, 2011