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I won’t be up to Red Divilment in Leeds says Hyland

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Patrick Hyland doesn’t fear the wrath of Josh Warrington’s sizable, partisan, and vocal Leeds support, but does worry about upsetting his late father – and that’s the reason he won’t wear a Manchester United jersey into the ring on July 30th.

A United jersey would literally be a red rag to Warrington’s bullish and buoyant support, and the recent WBC featherweight title challenger considered winding them up by sporting one for his ring walk when the pair meet at the First Direct Arena later this month.

However, when the fight was first mooted over 18 months ago Hyland’s Leeds supporting father warned him about the possible repercussions of wearing the Red Devils crest for devilment.

Paddy Hyland wasn’t worried about how the crowd would react, but promised his son a slap if he followed through with the idea!

“I have fought away before and I have fought in high profile fights on TV. That won’t bother me. I was going to wear the Man United jersey in to the ring and wind them up a bit, but when my Dad was here and there was talk of that fight he was having none of that,” Hyland told Irish-boxing.com.

“He is a massive Leeds fan so he told me I’d get a slap if I wore a Man United jersey into the ring. So I won’t wear it out of respect for my Da, and I might have more people than Warrington to deal with if I did!”


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