Hyland plans to impress his way into world title contention
By Jonny Stapleton
PATRICK ‘The Punisher’ Hyland plans to prove Frankie Archuleta worst nightmare in Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie tomorrow to ensure his American dream stays alive
The undefeated super featherweight prospect is planning a big performance in just his second fight since relocating Stateside and hopes an impressive display will move him closer to a tilt at a world title.
Archuleta, 36, isn’t the type of opponent to sit up and make world champions take note.
He defeated Johnny Tapia in 2005 but lost to Hyland’s last opponent, Emanuel Lucero, in 2002. During his 15-year-career he has fought some top professionals, but he is 2-4 in his last six fights.
Regardless Hyland can only beat what is put in front of him and he is planning to do so with a little bit of style and venom tomorrow.
“I need to put on a good display of boxing, and I need to win in a good way to show that I belong at the top of the 126 pound division,” the Tallaght fighter explained.
“I am expecting a cagey, crafty veteran who will be all out to cause an upset on the night.”
“Fans can expect another win from the Punisher! I am looking forward to moving to 26-0 and extending the longest unbeaten run of any current Irish fighter. And whether you are there on the night or watching online, get ready for a good fight.”
Hyland has been working with former two weight world champ Tracey Patterson since signing with high profile reality TV star and the fighter, who will fight for the first time in over ten fights without either brother Eddie Hyland or Paulie Hyland on the same card, revealed what they feel he needs to improve on.
“We’ve been working on my defense, my counter-punching and my combinations,” added Hyland. “I’m feeling super and I am buzzing. I can’t wait for the fight, Training camp went great, and I got some great sparring with Luis Rodriguez and Chazz McDowell.
Patterson feels like his fighter has improved since his move to America and that he is close to his goal of challenging for a belt.
“Although he came here well-established, he still needed work on his defense and movement. Now, he’s the full package,” said Patterson recently. Patrick’s not far from a world title shot. He just hasn’t been given an opportunity, yet, to step into the ring with an opponent who can get him in position for a world title shot. He’s at the door now.”