Four, Week Seven (Fight Eight)
A Battle Of Youth Against Experience
By Barbara Pinnella
The second fight of the Contender doubleheader had the youngest
fighter in the tournament at 26, Ryan Coyne, going against the
41-year-old Tim Flamos. Flamos came out of retirement for this
opportunity, although he had been gone for about three years
from 2003 until 2006, due to fights not materializing,
promotional problems, and the like.
Coyne was ready. The cut he had suffered over his left eye in
training earlier on had healed, and he was full of confidence
and ready to show he deserved to be there. This fight had a lot
of action from both participants, and was quite entertaining to
While Ryan started out by setting the pace, he would sometimes
get careless, and trainer Bray warned him after the first round
that if he continued to jump in and not protect himself, there
would be a head butt. Sure enough, in the second round that was
exactly what happened. Coyne suffered a cut over the left eye
this time, and it was a pretty nasty one at that.
In the meantime, while Ryan was scoring with some shots to the
head of Tim, Flamos is getting in some good body shots. While
rounds three and four saw Coyne continue to attack, Tim was
fighting back. Flamos had doubts that he could still fight at
his age, but he was showing those in attendance that he still
had it in him. He appeared to get stronger.
In the fifth and final round, Flamos laid it all out there. When
I spoke with Mike Alexander earlier, even he said that Tim
really let his hands go in the last round. And the crowd was
certainly behind him. They were chanting his name louder by the
round, and at the end he had made the crowd his own. His
teammates were reacting the same way.
Then came the moment of truth. How would the judges see it?
There was a split decision. 49-46, Ryan; 49-47, Tim; 49-47, for
the winner, Ryan Coyne. Certainly this was a good win for the
young Ryan, but the hero of the day was Tim. All of the members
of the Gold Team climbed in the ring and picked him up, carrying
him around and cheering him. I asked him how that made him feel.
“It was a great feeling,” he told me. “We had a good barn, and
to see them cheer for me like that and to run into the ring
afterwards like they did made me feel like I did my job. It was
a good fight, and that’s important to me, to always fight a good
fight for the fans. I felt like I won the fight because of
I take nothing away from Ryan; he fought a good fight. But to be
honest and let a little bit of opinion slip onto the paper, I
thought that Tim had won, and I said that to him.
“It’s what the judges see, you know what I mean? There was
something they saw that we didn’t see, or we saw that they
didn’t, who knows? I just have to go along with it now, there’s
nothing I can do about it.
“I must have had 30 phone calls though, people calling me up and
saying the same thing, that they thought I won the fight. People
texting me, but it is what it is.
“When you get to be my age it’s always in the back of your head;
‘I hope this isn’t one too many fights that I'm going to have,
and it’s going to end the wrong way’, you know, it’s always in
the back of your mind. But for it to happen the way it did, and
end the way it did, and the way the people felt about me – they
thought I won – it’s always a good feeling.”
As far as continuing to box, Tim says he has to wait and see. “I
need to find out what kind of opportunities I get because of the
show, and whether or not I get picked up by the show. Time will
tell if they think I’m marketable.” He does however, continue to
go to the gym everyday. Otherwise, he told me, he gets bored.
As with Mike, Tim had watched the show and wondered what it
would be like to be a part of it. “I’d think, ‘Man, it must be
something else to be on that show.’ And then to get picked to be
on, and be a part of that show, see those doors, the same doors
you’ve watched, open up as you’re walking out into the arena, it
was a surreal feeling.”
There was one last thing that we discussed. Tim was aware of the
misconception some people have about fighters. “Some people get
the wrong impression. They find out your a fighter and they
think your violent. I’m not like that. I’m a pretty easy-going
guy, a regular guy. All it is, it’s a job.”
The day before his fight, Tim had called his son Steven to let
him know he was fighting. His son, knowing that his father
sometimes doubts himself a little bit because of his age, had a
quote for him. It was, “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you
put on your mind.” Wiser than his years, his teenage son.
So the semi-final matches are made. Next week is Felix Cora, Jr.
going up against Troy Ross. Then there will be Akinyemi “AK”
Laleye facing Alfredo Escalera, Jr. The third week of the
semi-finals give us Deon Elam against Hino Ehikhanemor. The
final fight will see both winners from this week, Rico Hoye
fighting Ryan Coyne.
Congratulations and good luck to all of those participating in
the semi-finals. Thank you to Tim Flamos for spending a part of
his day to speak with me.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,