They say sex sells, so Patrick Hyland is surprised mainstream media haven’t picked up on his massive April 16 Foxwoods featherweight World title fight.
Hyland fights for a World title live on the top of Stateside bill live on Showtime and Sky Sports and if that isn’t big enough the Tallaght native points out that when he challenges Gary Russell Jr he fights for the ‘sexiest’ and most ‘prestigious’ strap in the division.
The former WBA Interim World title challenger, who is bidding to become only the second Irish fighter after Wayne McCullough to claim the WBC title- Christina McMahon came close in her super flyweight tilt in Mexico last weekend- and believes his challenge is worthy of more mainstream press.
Irish boxing writers have written about the fight and their will be a lot more coverage as we approach the April 16 date, but the former Irish champ believes wider coverage is not only deserved, but would help him bring a big fight back to Ireland if he claimed the title.
“I think it has slipped under the radar media wise if I am honest,” Hyland told Irish-boxing.com last weekend.
“It is a big fight, main event in America and on Showtime. I am focused on the job, but it does bother me that there is a lack of coverage on it. I know my local paper (Tallaght Echo) and yourselves get behind it, but not so much so far outside that. If a bit more mainstream media got behind it, it could make it easier to bring a defence home and we could have a massive night for Irish sport,” he continued.
“I think I will be the first Irish fighter since Wayne McCullough to win that sexy green WBC belt. I think it is the most prestigious belt out there. Everyone knows that green belt. Again I don’t think you can get much bigger than this.”