"I've found a home where I'm a force and I'm ready to get in the mix immediately....I'm not even sure I have a promoter. If I do, then why the hell do I have to set up, arrange, negotiate, and promote my own fights? Doesn't a promoter have to actually promote fights? I drove to the store this morning; maybe I should parade around in a jean jacket acting like a jack ass and call myself a Nascar driver. My so-called promoter has been feeding me dog shit and telling me it's cream of wheat. There's no reason for this. I'm a white, undefeated Irish fighter and the fact of the matter is that makes me a commodity in this game. Still, I have to beg for supper. It's time for the denim warlord to pull his afro out of his asshole and realize what he's got to work with," stated undefeaeted light heavyweight contender Ryan Coyne, who made it clear that if his promoter, Don King, would actually start promoting him properly, he's more than eager to take his career to the next level. You don't want to miss what else he had to say.
DK: Ryan, what's going on? Congrats on the victory over Julius Fogle a few weeks ago.
RC: Hey Dave. I'm back in the gym and, more importantly, strategizing my next play. I notched a nice little win over Julius Fogle a few weeks back. Guy was very experienced and showed up in excellent shape. My hats off to him; classy guy who came to win and it made for a good fight, but my job is to beat guys like him from pillar to post, and I did that. This fight was literally to get me back in the ring since I keep taking year-long vacations I don't want when I'm here asking for overtime.
DK: You're 20-0 now and campaigning as a light heavyweight. Talk about the switch from cruiserweight down to 175 pounds.
RC: Statistically and physically, we're in a good spot. I've built a nice record since emerging from The Contender a few years back. Last year, I decided to make the move down to light heavyweight from cruiserweight, and it wasn't easy. In fact, making 175 is very difficult for me. I enlisted the aid of Complete Nutrition to make the transition. Their staff and products made a difficult task much easier. It was the proper and necessary move for a variety of reasons, political and geographical landscape, physicality, and last but certainly not least, earning potential. I've found a home where I'm a force and I'm ready to get in the mix immediately.
DK: You've also been working with a world-class trainer in your last few fights, former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer. How much difference has he made?
RC: Michael is the man! Pure genius, not Hollywood, never bullshits. He's a rigid type, abrasive at times, but always to drive across a point, and there is no one better to get those points from than the greatest Southpaw heavyweight to ever lace 'em up. I'm always learning. I'm Irish; I don't need someone to make me work hard. He actually has to slow me down. I need someone to teach me, and that's what we're doing with every camp. Seriously love that dude; everything except his stupid Kordell Stewart jersey.
DK: People may look at your record and only see 8 knockouts, but you were fighting guys coming to the ring 20-30 pounds heavier than you on fight night for awhile. Is that the biggest reason you made the switch to light heavyweight?
RC: Biggest, probably, but there were more than a few reasons for the move. I was always a small cruiser. I played linebacker at the University of Missouri before stepping into the ring. I debuted as a bulky, pudgy heavy and I actually had to drain to get to cruiser. Two completely different types of training. I'm a big light heavy, very physical. Honestly, I don't put a ton of stock in knockouts. Plenty of guys rack up KO's when they are getting fed chumps. I didn't get put in as an opponent coming up by any means, but the guys I fought weren't chinny blood donors. They were tough guys who hadn't been stopped. Nobody was getting knocked out on The Contender. Ask Antonio Margarito today if he wished Pacman would have stopped him rather than enduring a sustained beating like that. I bet he would still be fighting today. I know what I am and what I'm not. I'm not a one-punch hitter; very few guys in this game truly are. I physically wear people down, and when the time comes to pound them out, I do.
DK: Your promoter, Don King, hasn't kept you as active as you would like to be. How often would you like to be fighting right now?
RC: I'm not even sure I have a promoter. If I do, then why the hell do I have to set up, arrange, negotiate, and promote my own fights? Doesn't a promoter have to actually promote fights? I drove to the store this morning; maybe I should parade around in a jean jacket acting like a jack ass and call myself a Nascar driver. My so-called promoter has been feeding me dog shit and telling me it's cream of wheat. There's no reason for this. I'm a white, undefeated Irish fighter and the fact of the matter is that makes me a commodity in this game. Still, I have to beg for supper. It's time for the denim warlord to pull his afro out of his asshole and realize what he's got to work with.
DK: You are currently ranked #3 in the WBA light heavyweight rankings. The WBA champion, Beibut Shumenov, recently defended his title and looked great in shutting out Enrique Ornelas. What do you think of Shumenov, and are you ready for him?
RC: I thought Beibut looked fantastic in his last outing. He's a solid fighter, a great champion. Fighting with an injury as well, he was completely dominant. He's a tough assignment for any light heavyweight. Biebut is a bit of an oddity. Moreover, he doesn't fight very often, and while he is a tremendous fighter, he's not carrying a big fan base and he isn't a network staple. He just made a title defense, and given his track record, I don't expect to see him back in the ring anytime soon. The situation is what it is. In the meantime, I do expect to be in the ring soon. My job is to get myself to the mandatory challenger position. To do so, I'm going to need a few more fights. I'll get them, I'll win them, and in turn, I'll get there. Then I'll see him in the ring and I'll leave with the WBA light heavyweight world championship.
DK: What is your ideal timeline for getting back in the ring and/or getting a title opportunity?
RC: I'm hoping to be back in the ring later this summer. Exactly how that's going to happen, I'm not sure at this point. While the person who's job it is to ensure that happens is busy playing shuffleboard in Lauderdale, I'm going to do whatever I have to to make it happen. This is my career and I won't end up another cautionary tale of a zealous hack. Fighters can't fight once every 18 months and be expected to perform at a high level. You don't see the skipper asking the closer to strike out the side without throwing a warm up pitch. Why the hell should that fly here? The good news is I'm riding out the tail end of my time in boxing prison, and when I get paroled in the fall, I'll be in position to get that opportunity.
DK: Your nickname is "The Irish Outlaw". You have a very large following in St. Louis, but you have done some work and sparring in Europe as well. Have you developed much of a following over there?
RC: I have a great following. The best fans in the business. Without them, none of this happens. None of it. I have avid fans from the Arch to Castlebar. As a fighter, it is absolutely imperative to distinguish yourself from the pack. You have to remember that most fans are fans of boxers, not of boxing. Pains me to say, but I stole that from an Englishman, but it captures the approach I've always taken with my career. If more fighters and their respective camps would actively do the same, boxing would experience a much needed renaissance.
DK: What can we expect to see from the Irish Outlaw in the near future?
RC: Look to see me continue to go up, down, away, and on. Big things are in the works at Irish Outlaw Boxing. I will continue to ascend up the ranks as I settle down into my new weight class, and move away from things of the past and on to the bigger fights that I have worked so hard to make happen.
DK: We look forward to it and to seeing you more active. Any final thoughts for the fans?
RC: There's never a dull moment with us. I have great team around me, from top to bottom. Sweaty Mike, The Skootch, Double, Uncle Tom; you won't find characters this colorful and accomplished in a Star Wars flick. Check out all the happenings at www.irishoutlawboxing.com and of course the usual avenues Facebook, Twitter, and Lockerdome.com. I'm very blessed and privileged to do what I do, and the biggest thank you goes out to the great family, friends, and fans who make it possible.