Patrick Hyland would be willing to put his friendship with Carl Frampton on hold if he wins the WBC featherweight title on April 16th.
Hyland challenges World champ Gary Russell Jr at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, next month, while Frampton is planning to jump in weight to challenge WBA featherweight custodian Leo Santa Cruz, with late Summer being muted as a possible fight date.
If both claim victory, an Irish unification fight will certainly be mooted and speaking to Irish-boxing.com this week, the former Irish champion from Tallaght was certainly excited by the prospect.
“Carl and myself are good friends. We know each other years, we are great friends in fact. I spared with him getting him ready for fights and I know how good he is,” said ‘The Punisher’.
“In saying that he knows how good I am, but we can put our friendship aside for 36 minutes to get super fight in Ireland. When I win the belt that will be an option. Although I think the WBC have a mandatory lined up, but things can work around that or the fight can build. I would love the defence here in Ireland regardless. It would be even better if he beat Santa Cruz and we had two World champions at the weight.”
“Imagine a super stadium fight in Ireland between the two of us!”