DERRY middleweight, Connor Coyle progressed to the last 16 of the Commonwealth Games after a convincing, unanimous decision victory over tricky southpaw, Lungile Dyamdeki of Lesotho at the Sports and Exhibition Centre, Glasgow this afternoon.
The Galliagh man looked comfortable and boxed clever to claim all three rounds and make it four from four for N Ireland’s boxing team.
Coyle landed the more accurate and direct punches throughout and dictated the pace of the fight. He kept the dangerous, Dyamdeki at distance with a patient, competent display of boxing to book his place in the next round.
Coyle will meet the winner of Dennis Thomas (Guyana) and Jonathon Keama of Papua New Guinea in the last 16.
Meanwhile Derry light-heavyweight boxer, Sean McGlinchey will get his Commonwealth Games campaign underway tomorrow (Sunday).
The Oakleaf ABC clubman ducks between the ropes tomorrow at 7.35 p.m. at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre when he takes on 23 year-old Jamaican, Cheavan Clarke in the last 16.
And Eglinton sprinter, Jason Smyth will be hoping to qualify for Monday’s 100m semi-finals when he makes his Commonwealth Games bow in the heats tomorrow afternoon.
Smyth goes in heat 4 at Hampden Park at around 3 p.m. today and he’ll face stiff opposition as he lines out against Antoine Adams (Saint Kitts and Nevis), Kemar Hyman (Cayman Islands) and England’s Harry Aikines Aryeetey.
Smyth will also compete in the 200m and 4x100m events.
Meanwhile, Derry’s Aileen Reid followed up her sixth place finish in the women’s Triathlon on Thursday with another 6th place in the Mixed Team Relay at Strathclyde Country Park this afternoon.