Saturday 10 December 2016

Patrick Hyland suffers second round TKO loss in world title tilt against Gary Russell

Published 17/04/2016 | 09:29

MASHANTUCKET, CT - APRIL 16: Gary Russell Jr. knocks out Patrick Hyland during their WBC World Featherweight Championship bout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on April 16, 2016 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
MASHANTUCKET, CT - APRIL 16: Gary Russell Jr. knocks out Patrick Hyland during their WBC World Featherweight Championship bout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on April 16, 2016 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

It took WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell less than two rounds to brutally dispatch of Ireland’s Patrick Hyland in their world title bout in Massachusetts late last night.

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American Russell, who was making his inaugural title defence since usurping Jhonny Gonzalez just over a year ago, handed the Tallaght man only the second loss of his professional career via second round TKO at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in the Showtime Boxing main event.

Tallaght native Hyland, who trains under Pascal Collins, was a consensus underdog coming into the bout, though was expected to take Russell into deeper waters.

However, the Washington DC southpaw piled the pressure on Hyland from the first bell, and was near overwhelming in a lob-sided opening stanza.

The disparity between the pair was even more pronounced in the second round, during which Russell floored Hyland on three occasions before the referee Danny Schiavone intervened and stopped the contest.

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