Current NABF and WBA Fedebol Light Heavyweight Champion Marcus Oliveira, Menominee Nation, is still undefeated and will face Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan in his next bout, with the World Boxing Association Light Heavyweight championship on the line.
To earn his fight against Shumenov, which has not yet been scheduled, Oliveira had to get past Ryan "The Irish Outlaw" last night in a ShoBox fight at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Oliveira did just that, scoring a TKO in the 11th round of the scheduled 12-round tussle.
"Coyne came to fight, but I figured him out in the sixth round when I realized I could stand right in front of him and I could hurt him," reported Oliveira after the fight. "I made sure to work up and down. When I went to the body, I noticed he would drop his right hand so I'd unload a left."
And unload he did in this thrilling, action-packed fight, featured on the undercard of the WBA International Lightweight Championship bout between Bahodir "Baha" Mamadjonov and Angelo "La Cobra" Santana. Baha scored an upset win to take that belt with a ninth-round TKO.
Both Oliveira and Coyne entered their fight undefeated. The winner of the 175-pound elimination bout would become the number-one ranked WBA light heavyweight contender, earning a mandatory title fight with Shumenov. And that is Oliveira.
The fighters swapped the first eight rounds, but Oliveira's power advantage was obvious. He got stronger as the fight went on and staggered the Outlaw in the 10th.
"It was a good fight. He's a helluva fighter," said Coyne, who charges that he was headbutted. "I felt good until I got caught with that headbutt. I was hanging in there … But I give him all the credit. He's a great fighter."
Oliveira made sure the fight didn't go beyond the 11th.
"I dropped him the first time [in the 11th] with two right hands and a left hook," says Oliveira. "The same flurry ended the fight moments later on the other side of the ring."
Coyne (21-1) was able to get to his feet before the 10-count on the first knockdown, but he was clearly hurt and out on his feet. Oliveira finished him with a flurry that forced referee Jay Nay to stop the fight at 1:11 of the round.
Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) fights out of Las Vegas by way of Kazakhstan, for whom he competed in the 2004 Olympics. His last fight was back in June of 2012, a successful title defense over Enrique Ornales (33-7).
Oliveira improved his record to 25-0-1 with the victory last night. Fighting out of Lawrence, Kansas, he is originally from Keshena, Wisconsin. He currently lives and works on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The pride of the Menominee and Potawatomi Nations will have tremendous support from Indian country when he goes for the WBA belt against Shumenov.