Byrne to look for new career if defeated Saturday
By Jonny Stapleton
Dean Byrne admits defeat to Terry Holmes this weekend could force him to take up a new career.
Byrne, who was formally trained by Freddie Roach, takes on the young prospect with just five fights under his belt, knowing a win would surely take him off the major title track.
Holmes is a high risk low reward test for London based fighter, but one Byrne is adamant he will pass in the Royal Albert Hall this Saturday.
The former Crumlin amateur claims he will prove a nightmare for the English fighter in a bid to keep his world title winning dream alive.
“A loss here for me would be a massive turning point. It would be a reality check and make me think its time to get a new job. But that won’t be the case. I want to become world champ some day, but to fulfil my dream I guess I have to beat what is in front of me and be their nightmare in the ring,” Byrne explained.
Irish Lightening is poised to strike and make a return to winning ways live on Box Nation having seen his duck egg smashed last time out.
The former Wild Card fighter claims Holmes is jumping too far up the career ladder too soon and warned the English pretender to prepare to be dominated and dismantled.
Byrne is planning on giving the undefeated prospect a boxing lesson and teaching him an important life lesson in the process.
“This fight means a lot to me. He’s a tough, game and hungry fighter, He doesn’t want to lose his 0. I respect him for that but he will suffer his first loss on Saturday. He will of lived and learned a lot by the time I am finished with him. He has to realise that 8 rounds with Irish Lightning is a massive step up from his normal 4 round fighters with journey men. It will be a good fight and I know for a fact I will take his 0 and bounce back to winning ways,” Byrne told www.irish-boxing.com.
The London based Dubliner knows how it feels to loose an unblemished record having tasted defeat to French man Frank Horoche Horta last time out.
Byrne stressed the fact he took the fight at 24 hours notice and a week after competing in the ring devalues the French man’s win.
The irish welterweight wants the opportunity to reverse the outcome and hopes a win over Holmes will lead to a Horta rematch.
“I have worked hard and I’m not going in to this fight with out my 0. In my mind I’m still undefeated. I don’t count the Hortha fight as a true loss because I took it 24 ours notice with no preparation. It does make this fight very important for me. I really want a rematch with the French man. First tings first I have got to make an 0 go. You can expect to see Irish Lightning strike his way back to winning ways.”