26 July 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Patrick Hyland is targeting a major world title after adding the IBF International featherweight belt to his rapidly-expanding collection in Tallaght on Saturday night.
The undefeated 25-year-old, who also holds the Irish featherweight and IBA Intercontinental super featherweight straps, took his record to 17-0 with a commanding unanimous points win over Abdu Tebazalwa (119-109, 118-110, 118-110) and Pajo feels that he is now ready to make a real step up in class.
“I was comfortable the whole way through the fight and I was happy to go all 12 rounds; that was my game plan from the start. I was even thinking that even if I catch this guy early on itd probably be better to experience going the full 12 rounds for the first time,” Hyland told reporters immediately after his latest title success.
“I controlled my fight throughout, but he was a good opponent. I only saw a video of him this morning so I knew he could bang but I think I was just a little too sharp for him on the night. He hit hard but every jab I threw landed so that made things fairly easy for me.
“I did get a bit frustrated at times. He was grabbing me into clenches a lot and I lost my balance a few times but I just worked through that. I stayed behind the jab and kept letting the right hand go. I landed some pretty good body shots as well and I really just felt on top at all times.
“So, Im delighted. Id like to defend the title now and then take it from there.
“Thats three belts I have now so hopefully my next one will be a major title.”