EDDIE Hearn has visited his cotton wool warehouse, traveled to Leeds and wrapped Josh Warrington in the protected materiel, insists Irish featherweight Patrick Hyland.
Having secured a slot on the Return Of The Mack card in Dublin last November the former WBA interim World title challenger felt he has opened a route to the Matchroom fighter and was hopeful he could secure a shot at the Leeds favourites title.
Hearn certainly seemed open to the idea when questioned at the Dublin hosted press conferences, but the fight hasn’t materialised. ‘The Punisher’ claims the promoter has taken the easy route and is protecting his man from a beating.
“Warrington has just gone the easy route is all,” Hyland told Irish-boxing.com
“Eddie likes putting cotton wool around his boys, look I’d fight anytime anywhere and beat him!”
With no European title shot on the horizon it’s back to exploring American options for the Tallaght man. Hyland’s November 13 ‘homecoming’ didn’t go to plan, an exciting fight with John Simpson fell through after the Scot got injured and he was moved down the Sky Sports broadcast bill. It all seemed to remind ‘Pajo’ why he decided to pursue the American dream in the first place.
He returns to New York to fight the brilliantly named Manuel de los Reyes Herrera in Madison Square Garden on March 14 and hopes to ensure he gets more fights on that side of the Atlantic.
“I’d like my fights to be in America. I love fighting there, I just felt crap fighting in 3 Arena after Simpson pulled out. I was well up for the Simpson fight and then got put on so early and dropped to 8 rounds. It was just a kick in the teeth for me personal, as the atmosphere was great later on and I would have love to to fight in front of that big crowd.”
That fight however disappointing was Hyland’s first in over a year and half and since ending a sabbatical enforced through promotional issues the Punisher is raring to make up for lost time.
The former Irish champion wants big fights now and a World title shot by the end of the year.
“I’m not sure what Lou (DiBella) and Brian (Peters) have planed for me after this fight. I just want big fights next, I will fight any of the top ten fighters and champions, I hope to have another World title fight by the end of this year and please God win one.”