‘Old Bull’ Hyland ready for Warrington

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Patrick Hyland mightn’t have gotten as much notice as he would have liked for this weekend’s fight with Josh Warrington, but the Jobstown puncher isn’t complaining.

Hyland tops the bill on Sky Sports on Saturday night against the Matchroom star at the First Direct Arena in Leeds and is bullish about his chances.

Ahead of his clash with the popular Yorkshire featherweight, ‘The Punisher’ spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and admitted that “it took me about a week and a half, two weeks, to get back to the sharpness I was from the Russell fight.”

“Just to get over that two weeks of laziness from being off since the fight, all I was doing was eating and drinking Guinness and having fun.”

While some may have turned down the offer , Hyland didn’t even have to think twice and he recalled how “when the fight came, they asked me, I said ‘yeah,’ didn’t even talk money. I want to fight over there, I want to fight in his back garden.”

“The same with Russell when they offered, money comes second to me.”

“The big fights is what I want and the big fights is what I’m looking for.”

The 32 year old is now feeling in top shape, and explained that “I’ve had a good six weeks, solid sparring with Steo [Ormond], we brought over Chris Jenkins from Wales, tough guy.”

“Everyone I was sparring was bigger than me, stronger than me, and putting it on me, making me feel big and strong.”

This strength could be a telling factor, with Warrington already noting Hyland’s size in the build-up, and the Dubliner feels that “if the stoppage comes from being bigger and stronger and f*cking him around, cos hes never fought on the back foot, that will be great.”

“We’ll see how the fight goes in the first round.”

“He’s a strong kid too, he’s fit. He’s only a ba-ba, he’s only 25, he’s young, he’s hungry, and he’s got a great work-rate.”

“It’s young bull versus old bull.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie

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