Dean Byrne rolled back the years tonight live on Sky Sports, defeating home fighter Jamie Robinson on the Kell Brook-Kavin Bizier undercard in Sheffield.
It was a first victory in over two and a half years for the Crumlin welterweight slickster who was well worth the 58-57 points win.
Byrne took the opening round with the cleaner work, jabbing well and staying largely out of trouble against the rugged Robinson.
The experienced Irishman continued his good work in the second, scoring at will with the jab as well as landing some eye-catching jabs against the aggressive youngster.
Byrne began to dominate in the third, opening up and landing exquisite combinations against an increasingly frustrated Robinson.
Robinson roared back into contention and took the fourth stanza with some stinging bodywork, although the wily Dubliner did evade and negate a lot of the 24 year old’s onslaught.
Byrne retook control somewhat in a close penultimate round, playing matador to the Englishman’s bull and consistently landing the double-jab against his busier opponent who landed a few big shots of his own.
The final round saw ‘Irish Lightning’ visibly tire, but the former Wild Card puncher stayed out of trouble to seal the win, and the 31 year old was exuberant as the final scorecards were read out.
Byrne’s well-travelled ledger now reads 18(6)-6(2)-2, while the game Robinson drops to 6(2)-4(0)-1.