ST. CHARLES, Mo. Every few minutes, the front doors of the pub opened, and newcomers walked past kilt-wearing waitresses toward a high top table occupied by Ryan "The Irish Outlaw" Coyne.
Some asked for autographs on boxing gloves. Others clenched their fists and posed for pictures with the southpaw. Most just said: "Good luck."
This feeling, the slow build of attention one gets as a fight date nears, is something a successful boxer should experience often. Yet, it's one Coyne has missed out on a lot, especially for a fighter who is a perfect 23-0.
The 30-year-old blames one man for the ceiling that's been placed on his career. It's none other than "Only in America!" Don King, the world-famous boxing promoter Coyne made the mistake of signing on with when he entered the fight game years ago.
Now, Coyne is so desperate for a fight that he's had to eat his pride and agree to appear in a King-sponsored event one more time a fight against undefeated Marcus Oliveira at the Treasure...