Patrick Hyland: I am three fights shy of major title

By Jonny Stapleton

Patrick Hyland believes he is just three fights from a major title fight.

The undefeated Irish featherweight’s career, like a lot of unfortunate Irish peoples was affected by the recession, prompting the  prospect to move across the Atlantic and pursue the American dream.

Hyland, whose boxing brothers Eddie and Paulie starred on Ireland’s version of Jersey Shore, Tallafornia last weekend, has signed with Jersey Shore star Snooki and his profile has risen substantially.

The Tallaght native wants to be noted for his action in the ring and not because of his connection to a reality TV star, however, and he believes he is closing in on his world title dream.

Indeed ‘The Punisher’ has set his sights on IBF Champ and Clondalkin fighter Tony Bates stable mate Billy Dibs.

I feel like I’m about two to three fights away from a major title fight but I’m in no rush to jump in. I know I will be a world champ soon. The featherweights is a hard division. As for the top three fighters, well Gamboa was the main man but has moved up in weight. I think the best is IBF champ Billy Dib. He’s a class fighter and a great role model outside the ring and I hope to share the ring with him and challange him for his title.”

Hyland made a successful Team Snooki and Final Round Promotions debut against former world title challenger Emmanuel Lucero and hopes to be out again this spring.

“I had a comfortable 8 rounds win. I was expecting a harder fight from Lucero and thought he would hit a lot harder with his KO percentage but I felt stronger and comfortable and thought I won every round. I am looking to be out again April 27 or May 5 here in upstate New York.”

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