WHOEVER emerges with the IBF featherweight title from the eagerly anticipated Evgeny Gradovich and Lee Selby title fight in London tonight will become a target for Patrick Hyland.
The former WBA interim World title challenger, who fights in Dublin on July 4, is keen to get another shot at a World belt and told Irish-boxing.com he would love a shot at the winner of the eagerly anticipated clash which plays out tonight (Saturday).
“I would be hoping to get a shot at Selby if he beat’s Gradovich if he wants to do that I would be up for it,” Hyland told Irish-boxing.com.
“Eddie Hearn is a great promoter and is good friends with Lou (DiBella) and they could make that fight. I wouldn’t minding fighting Selby or Gradovich if they can be made. I will just trust my promoter and management and they will bring me to the title fights.”
Selbly, who holds a win over Martin Lindsay, is bookies favourite to claim victory tonight despite the fact he challenges an unbeaten champion. However, Hyland has followed the Russian with the Mexican style and warns Selby is in for a tougher fight than most are predicting.
“I know Gradovich well. I watched him ringside when he won the title and beat Billy Dib. He is a good come forward fighter, typical Mexican style but from a Russian background.
“Selby has a tough fight. I think the English Media think Selby is going to win handy, Selby has all the skills in the World, but Gradovich is going to put him in a tough fight. Selby doesn’t like being put under pressure or being slapped around the head.”