HYLAND TO HEADLINE IN ROCHESTER ON AUGUST 8TH
Press Release: Featherweight Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland is [according to his promoter] on the brink of establishing an Irish boxing record for the most consecutive victories starting a professional career. The Dublin native is 26-0 with 12 KOs and now lives in Marlboro, New York. [Editor's note: Jimmy Barry, an Irish-American bantamweight in the 1890s was world champion and retired undefeated with a listed record of 70-0-10.] Hyland will shoot for his 27th Irish record-setting win in a row on Wednesday night, August 8th, headlining an outdoor show, presented by Pretty Girl Promotions, at Sahlen Stadium in Rochester, New York. Hyland takes on Dominican Carlos "El Flaco" Fulgencio (19-7-1, 12 KOs) in the ten-round main event.
Promoted by Final Round Promotions/Team Snooki Boxing, Hylan said, "this will be a fantastic achievement and I'll always be remembered in Irish boxing history when people see my record," Hyland said. "I'd really like to top it off with a world title. As a fighter, I'm thinking that I need 10 strong weeks of training and I'd be ready to fight anybody in the world, but I realize my management team is preparing me for a world title shot and it takes time. They've kept me very busy. This is my third fight this year and I hope to be fighting again in September or October. I work hard in the gym every day, especially on my defense, and you never really stop learning in this game. I watch big fights and all of the different styles to plan how I'd plan to beat each style.
"I'm excited about fighting in Rochester because there are a lot of Irish families there and it's not too far for my friends to get to from Poughkeepsie. My opponent is a stand-up fighter with 12 knockouts in 19 fights. He has a good counter-right that I have to look out for."
"We at Final Round Promotions/Team Snookie Boxing are excited and proud of the possibility that Patrick will set a new Irish boxing record for 27 consecutive wins without a loss to start his professional career," Final Round Promotions/Team Snookie Boxing Vice President Mike Pascale added. "Patrick has the heart and mind of a champion. His work ethic and preparation for any fight is incredible. There is no doubt that Patrick is a force to deal with in the featherweight division and it will not be long before he fights for a major world title.
"So, I say to any promoters of featherweight champions, bring it on, if you're willing to take the risk."
Here's a closer look at the longest natural Irish-born boxers' streaks to start their respective pro careers:
1. (tie) 26, John Duddy, 2003-09
Patrick Hyland, 2004-Present *Jimmy Barry was an Irish-American bantamweight in the 1890s. He was world champion and retired undefeated with a listed record of 70-0-10.
3. 25, Johnny Caldwell, 1958-61
4. 20, Wayne McCullough, 1993-96
5. 17, Jimmy McClarin, 1923-24
6. 16, Stevie Collins, 1986-89
7. 15, Andy Lee, 2006-08