Undefeated Irish middleweight prospect Connor “The Kid” Coyle (10-0, 3 KOs) made his Las Vegas debut and was impressive in a win against Orlando native Robert Burwell (8-3, 3 KOs) on Thursday night, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.
The main event of Coyle vs Burwell was the main event of the latest edition of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing that was shown on UFC Fight Pass and capped off a fun night of fights where Roy Jones was attending.
Roy Jones Jr. was interviewed and mentioned before the main event took place that he was retired from boxing but if the “check was right”, he’d come out for a match.
The fight itself was an impressive one for Coyle as he was overpowering Burwell from the opening bell and even knocked him down with nicely timed right to close out the first round. Coyle continued his pressure and landed Burwell with more shots in the second round and it was at this moment in the match, it became more about survival for Burwell while trying his best to avoid shots from Coyle.
The crowd was in it for the man event, with rotating cheers of “Coyle” and “Robbie” throughout the fight. Coyle for most of the match was landing the better shots and combinations however Burwell was able to land with some success in the middle rounds. At the end of the fight, Coyle was just too much for Burwell who won on by unanimous decision with scores of 77-74 from the judges. The score at the end of this fight wasn’t as close as the cards would suggest.
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In other televised action on the card, Rosalinda Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs) was dominant in her contest against Martina Horgasz. Rodriguez jumped on Horgaz early and Horgaz wasn’t ready for the onslaught over the 6 round contest.
Undefeated Houston welterweight Jerrico “Hands of Stone” Walton (12-0, 7 KOs) remained undefeated as he beat Jesus Zazueta Anaya (6-4-1, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision. Walton had the gameplan and better body shots but Anaya throughout the eight rounds was able to apply pressure and land shots in the middle rounds.
The co-main event was a spirited one in which Antonio Williams (9-0-1, KOs) and Eduardo Garza (13-2-1,7 KOs) went at it for 8 rounds but at the end of it was too close to call as it ended in a split decision draw.