10 March 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Rising light-welterweight star Dean Byrne has revealed that he might yet fight this month.
Byrne, who is trained by Freddie Roach, had been penciled in for the undercard of Andy Lees proposed bout with Antwun Echols in New Yorks Madison Square Garden on March 16.
However, the events promoters, Irish Ropes, announced on Friday that the card had been cancelled because of poor ticket sales, much to Byrnes chagrin.
I was very disappointed, he confessed. I was looking forward to fighting in front of so many Irish at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A lot of my family were coming over from Ireland and booked flights.
It was a big opportunity for us because theyve never seen me fight as a pro.
But hey, thats boxing and someday Ill fight there. I want people in New York, all up and down the East Coast where theres a lot of Irish Boston and Philadelphia to see what a good entertainer I am.
Freddie gave me the weekend off and I was back in the gym on Monday. Ill continue training hard and hopefully Ill be in a fight soon, maybe the end of March or in April. Someday, though, Ill be fighting in Madison Square Garden.
Indeed, Byrnes manager, Steve Feder, is adamant that Irish Lightning will get the opportunity to fight in The Big Apple sooner rather than later.
One of Deans most important dreams is to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, he said.
Ever since we started working together, Dean has told me that coming from Ireland and traveling around the world, his dream was to fight in Madison Square Garden. He was excited about fighting in an Irish community.
We feel bad for Irish Ropes. Dean was looking forward to fighting on their card with Andy and Wayne. Its too bad things didnt work out for that show.
Dean Byrne has a clear shot at really making it big in boxing. Hes 10-0 and ready to go. He never had a 4-round fight, starting with a six and going right to eights and then tens.
Fans love him and Irish fans on the East Coast will embrace him once they get to see him fight.
We train in LA because thats where Freddie is but New York is my hometown and we hope New York fight fans will make Dean their adopted son.