It’s another Commonwealth Games medal for Derry as Connor Coyle showed real class against an awkward opponent in the Men’s 75kilos quarterfinal in Glasgow.
Coyle, who has yet to drop a round, was coolness personified throughout and he saw off Siphiwe Lusizi with ease despite some questionable antics from the South African.
Lusizi seemed more intent on goading Coyle in the first round and he earned a rebuke from the referee as a result. Coyle however, remained focused and picked some good shots and despite the continuous antics of his opponent, he was the clear winner of the first round on all three judges’ score cards.
The second round was owned by Coyle, whose composure and skill was clearing getting to his opponent who was again warned by the referee for his goading. Coyle made the South African eat his words as he landed a great left hook in the final seconds of the round, earning a standing eight count for his opponent.
That meant that Coyle was clear going into the final round and Lusizi had to come forward. That left the South African open for counter attacking from Coyle, but for the first time the Derry man could not get the shots he would have liked.
Nevertheless, he was clearly on top and he took the decision with a unanimous win on the judges score card.
That means that like Sean McGlinchey, Coyle is guaranteed at least a bronze medal in this year’s Games.
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