August 17 Jonny Stapleton
Patrick Hyland has warned Irish fight fans to expect big things from him soon and he is not just talking about equalling Johnny Caldwell’s 25 fight unbeaten record.
The Tallaght native pushed his slate to 24-0 in Mayo last weekend doing an impressive Italian Job on Fabrizo Trotta and is just one victory away from equalling the longest ever winning streak in Irish boxing.
However, the Punisher wants to put his name in the history books not just the record books.
The middle of three champion brothers claims he will reveal big news over the coming week and indicated he is on the verge of bigger fights and a move to the next level.
“Twenty four fights undefeated feels great. I am just one away from Johnny’s record now. I am aiming for that record and then on to bigger and better things. I have been telling people to expect big news, but I would prefer to wait before making the announcements. We are expecting big things and hopefully we can announce them over the next week or so. I didn’t want to look past this fight. If you do that you get put on your backside and get beaten, then everything is out the window. Hopefully next week we have exciting news.”
The WBF featherweight champion look impressive live on TG4 as he dismantled the former European super bantamweight challenger.
Granted the Italian hadn’t seen the inside of a professional win in over two years and after the damage inflicted to the body by Hyland he will certainly consider a long sabbatical.
“I caught him in the first round with a body shot and I hurt him, but I let him work and tired himself out. He also opened up a bit and got confident so I could land on him more. He wasn’t hurting me with anything and the game plan worked. I got him heavy again in the third and in the fourth I knew he was going. I always throw in good body shots, but we watched him in training and he kept a tight guard with the body wide open. So we did plan to target there a little,” Hyland added before stressing the Trotta’s dirty tactics had more of a negative effect on the Italian than Hyland.
“He was clever and dirty. He was holding me and throwing the shoulder into my face. He just pissed me off. You get frustrated in against lads like that but it just motivates you to keep throwing punches.”