7 June 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Frank Warren’s new Irish signing Dean Byrne will make his debut for the promoter on the big Excel show in London on July 9.Unbeaten in 14 fights, “Irish Lightning” is aiming for the very top – and a world title shot within 18 months.
The 26-year-old, who fights at welterweight, boxed for Ireland as an amateur, but won the Australian light-welterweight title as a professional. That came after he emigrated to Australia, winning and defending the belt in his fifth and sixth fights. Globe-trotting Byrne then switched to California, where he teamed up with Freddie Roach at his Wild Card Gym in California.
Six more wins followed in the States, before Byrne then fought twice in his native Dublin. Now he’s ended up in London – and finds himself on Warren’s North ‘n’ South card, headlined by the big clash between John Murray and Kevin Mitchell. He joins other Irish stars in Warren’s stable, including Stephen Ormond and Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan.
“I’ve heard really good things about Dean, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action,” said Warren.
“There have been some great Irish fighters over the years, and I know Byrne wants to join the likes of Steve Collins and Barry McGuigan as a world champion.
“He’s travelled all over the world already, so he’s got a mature head on his shoulders, and I’m sure that will stand him good stead.”
Byrne added: “I can’t wait to fight on July 9. I’ve not boxed since Christmas so I’m feeling fresh, and I’ve got a real hunger for this fight.”