Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Sinclair is on the up, to be totally Frank

Neil Sinclair is hoping that Frank Warren will believe in him again following his one-sided demolition of Mayo's Henry Coyle on Friday night.

Sinclair picked up the vacant Irish light-middleweight title but it was the manner of his victory which mattered most. Coyle was treated like a rag doll as the Belfast man bullied him from the opening bell with rasping blows to body and head.

Few if any believed they would see Sinclair deliver a performance like it having had so many lean years since his first night at the Odyssey six years ago when he claimed the Lonsdale belt outright with a systematic dismantling of Bradley Pryce.

While Chicago-based Coyle was clearly no match for the 35-year-old, he had never been treated like this before and due to the refereeing of Emile Teidt he was forced to soak far too many crunching shots flush on the chin. How his corner allowed him to come out for the third round, which lasted 26 seconds, was beyond everyone at ringside.

Sinclair said: "There were times in the past that I let Frank Warren down and I'm sorry for that. But I showed against Coyle that I still have a lot left. I've never been happier and I've never felt as good about my boxing. I know that I can become a British, Commonwealth or European champion.

"This win has me buzzing and I need to fight as soon as possible because if I stay active then you'll see the best of me. The accuracy and power I had was great."

Meanwhile, Kevin O'Hara is also hoping for a British or Commonwealth title shot against either Kevin Mitchell or Ricky Burns respectively.

Coach John Breen said: "I was pleased with Kevin's performance though I think he can box a lot better. The main thing is that he is down on his weight and he's improving." The night also saw the sounding of the 10 bells in memory of former manager and promoter Mike Callahan.