Deano Byrned by Novice Holmes
By Jonny Stapleton
Terry Holmes has left Dean Byrne with some serious soul searching to do after the English novice out pointed the popular Dublin fighter in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.
The former Wildcard prospect told this site that a reverse this weekend would force him to re-consider boxing as a career path.
A 77-75 defeat to a fighter, whose record consisted of five four round clashes before Saturday’s Boxnation broadcast clash, certainly suggests some changes are needed.
Byrne has long been tipped to make a serious impression as a professional and has been endorsed by the greatest trainer in the world, Freddie Roach amongst others.
However, his career has stalled of late and two consecutive defeats leaves him a form of boxing limbo.
In fairness the eight round clash was tight and one of Irish boxings most entertaining characters could be deemed unlucky not to have shaded some tight rounds.
Although it must be said the former Crumlin amateur was fortunate to last the distance. Byrne’s corner threw the towel in the fifth only for the referee to throw it back at them. The man in the middle allowed the former
Freddie Roach trained pug to fight on and battle on he did. Byrne’s spirit can never be questioned, but Irish Lightening struggled to strike with any authority for the remaining three rounds and novice Holmes claimed the win.
Byrne’s last defeat, suffered at the gloves of Frank Horta can be forgiven as he took it at 24 hours notice, but even the Dubliner would admit a fighter of his calibre and a boxer with dreams of competing at the top should defeat Holmes convincingly.