Ryan Coyne’s class counts as he stars on Hobson show

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TYPICAL of your average brash American, Ryan Coyne stormed into little old Sheffield and stole the show.

Fighting on co-manager Dennis Hobson’s Don Valley Stadium show, light-heavyweight southpaw Coyne, who hails from Saint Louis, Missouri knocked out Hungarian Peter Vecsei midway into the first round.

Coyne is ranked number two by the WBA and his class told. He had no bother in dispatching Vecsei with an aura of nonchalance that could have been interpreted as arrogance.

Two right hands did the job and Vecsei was not allowed to continue by referee John Latham. Ingle-trained middleweight Callum Hancock ended his fight with Louis Byrne early too. A short right hook in the second had Byrne down and he never looked keen on getting up.

Debutant Doncaster heavyweight Carl Spencer had to chase his opponent Rolandas Cesna around the ring to knock him out.

A series of knockdowns in the first and two in the fourth ensured Latham had seen enough to call a halt on what had been a torrid time for the Lithuanian.

Super-featherweight Kas Hussain had less of a memorable debut, losing to Michael Stupart. In arguably the most well-matched fight of the evening, the duo went at it for six hard-fought rounds and the Scotsman was entitled to his 59-57 win.

Lightweight Sam O’Maison couldn’t follow up a first round knockdown of Matt Seawright with a stoppage, so instead settled for a points win.

Also points winners were Dronfield’s middleweight Lewis Taylor, who made it six wins on the spin by beating Joe Walsh. Welterweight Dale Hutchinson looked good against the winless Bheki Moyo and Doncaster’s light-heavy James Tucker beat Worksop debutant Ben Bradford.

Matthew Mallin preserved his unbeaten run by overcoming Stoke’s Jimmy Doherty at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Doherty’s tactics ensured it was hardly a classic but Mallin’s bludgeoning blows were hurtful and the experience of fighting 10 rounds will benefit the light-middleweight, who moved onto 8-0 with the 99-93 win.

Ecclesfield light-middle Ryan Hardy earned his fourth straight win by winning every round against Welshman Jerome Samuels.

Three other hometown fighters were in action. Ben Wager saw off Sid Razak and debutant Ben Davies decked Andrej Cepur on his way to victory.

Jack Churchill drew with Dan Naylor and Doncaster’s Danny Mitchell beat Nick Gigg on debut.

Thorpe Hesley cruiserweight Neil Dawson edged a war with Menay Edwards at the York Hall, Bethnal Green yesterday. Both men went down in the opening two rounds but Dawson snatched the win 58-56.

Doncaster’s Joe Elfidh took a short notice fight against former world champion Scott Harrison and was beaten on points in Glasgow.