By Alexey Sukachev
Hull Arena, Hull - In a battle for the IBF International lightweight title, Tommy Coyle (20-2, 9KOs) picked up the biggest win of his career with a single punch that flattened former world title challenger Michael Katsidis (30-7, 24KOs) in two rounds. Katsidis was taking the fight to Coyle and had the British boxer pinned against the ropes. Coyle landed a left hand counter that knocked Katsidis' senses to the moon, causing him to go down hard on his back. He made it up but he was out on his feet and the referee waved things off.
Katsidis, 34 and fighting for the third time this year after a two-year layoff, looked like he would be hunting Coyle down as a fighter who was still in his best years. But he wasn't. He was sluggish and slow, his punches lost their snap and he couldn't damage even a not-so-cool fighter in Coyle. In the second he has finally trapped the Brit, landed a straight right hand - only to be countered with a massive left counter to go down immediately. He got up at six but was in no condition to continue as the referee waved the contest off.
Coyle inches closer to a domestic war with Luke Campbell and the career of Katsidis may finally be over.