By Ryan Burton
Undefeated cruiserweight contender Ryan "The Irish Outlaw" Coyne (16-0) reached out to BoxingScene.com to give his thoughts on possibly facing fellow undefeated cruiserweight prospect Lateef Kayode (16-0) in the near future. Coyne wasn't impressed with Kayode's unanimous decision victory over Nick Iannuzzi on Friday night. He also revealed that a fight against the Nigerian was in the works as a co-feature on HBO World Championship Boxing.
"I tuned into SHOBOX the other night to check out this cat Lateef Kayode. We had gotten a call from our promoter Don King about possibly fighting him in the co-feature of the (Devon)Alexander vs. (Tim) Bradley card. There was a lot of hype surrounding this guy. I checked him out and the last time I was this unimpressed Jay Cutler was taking himself out of the NFC championship game because he was cold."
Coyne went deeper by saying that he felt that he could outbox Kayode and negate his power. "Like I said there was a lot of hype surrounding this guy but the fighter I saw is a bigger fraud than Bernie Madoff. He is powerful no doubt, but this guy would get sent home from an amateur boxing clinic."
The St. Louis based Coyne feels that Kayode is one dimensional. Power alone won't lead to a championship belt according to Coyne. "They say this guy is the class of the American based cruiserweights but when I watched the fight I wasn't sure which guy was the hot prospect. I sure didn't think it was the guy lumbering around the ring like he was lost. No disrespect here. Kayode is a physical specimen and he can punch holes in walls but that isn't how this game works and the bottom line is he got exposed by a 30 to 1 underdog."
A potenial fight between Coyne and Kayode is an interesting clash of style. Kayode who had his 14 KO streak snapped when he defeated Iannuzzi via unanimous decision obviously is heavy handed. Coyne, an ex football player is known for being athletic and light on his feet. Coyne thinks the fight can be made and that it would be fan friendly.
"I was in Pontiac for the Alexander vs. Bradley fight and my manager talked to Gary Shaw about the fight. Both sides are interested. I think it's a great fight. Get one of the networks behind it and let's make it happen!"
Coyne felt that Iannuzzi had the perfect game plan and did enough to pull out the win. He feels that the fact he was brought in as the "B" side of the fight played against him on the judges scorecards.
"I want to tip my hat to Nick Iannuzzi. I don't know the guy but he deserves all the credit in the world for taking a big fight were he was expected to be a sacrificial lamb and he showed a lot of character. The poor guy has two people in his corner who are the opposite of the entire who's who of the California boxing scene. He fought a brilliant fight that he had stolen from him by the judges. Anyone who disagrees just ask Freddie Roach. You don't tell a guy who is winning the fight, or even in a close fight for that matter, that you have to have a knockout to win."
The former Contender series participant want the fans to keep an eye on him and the whole cruiserweight division. In closing he told BoxingScene, "The cruiserweight division has all the potential in the world. Guys that move like middleweights and crack like heavyweights. We are looking to be right in the thick of things in 2011. We are in the gym and entertaining all offers! A lot of the fans out there are familiar with me from my stint on The Contender. You can follow all the latest happenings at www.irishoutlawboxing.com."
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