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Free agent Hyland ready to get back in the ring after frustrating 15 months

PATRICK Hyland has broken up with Reality TV star Snooki and is now a promotionally free agent.

Team Snooki Boxing had secured the Dublin featherweight an interim world title shot back in December 2012. Hyland gave Javier Fortuna, a fighter being billed as a ‘future pound for pound star’, difficulties enroute to a points reverse, but despite proving himself worthy of competing at the highest level failed to kick on.

Indeed, ‘The Punisher’ hasn’t fought since that night, December 8 2012 failing to capitalise on a brave TV broadcast display. Hyland was expected to secure big fights after proving he was a worthy world level puncher, but it seems there were some differences in opinions when it came to who the Tallaght native should fight next.

Speaking to the Herald times Mike Pascale claimed “His manager became difficult. He wanted things that weren’t acceptable to us.”

However, Hyland, who has continually claimed he enjoyed his time Stateside with Team Snooki,  said the team wanted him to fight fighters outside of his weight class.

“There were fights that myself and (my) management team felt were wrong fights to take after coming off (the Fortuna fight) that were a weight division or two heavier than I fight at. I had a great two years with the guys and also would never bad-mouth them as I still have a good relationship.”

Pascale left open the possibility of representing Hyland again and The Dub added

“If I’m still a free agent and they have a fight offer, I’m willing to sit down and talk again. I hope to fight in the U.S. again soon. I want to put this frustrating year behind and just get back fighting.”

Hyland is now back home training with brother Eddie and his father Patrick Snr and told Irish-boxing.com recently that he ready for all comers on the Irish and British front and even set his sights on Lee Selby.


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years