Friday 24 November 2017

Boxing: Unbeaten Hyland on high for WBA title shot

Eamon Carr

Next Saturday Dublin's Patrick Hyland expects to extend his 27 bout unbeaten run when he meets Javier Fortuna for the WBA interim featherweight title in Las Vegas on the Pacquiao-Marquez bill.

Pajo knows the 23-year old southpaw from the Dominican Republic (20-0, 15 KO) will be tough. "This is what I've worked for since the very first day I put on a pair of boxing gloves," says the Tallaght man. "I'll weather the early storm and then take him into deeper waters and drown him."

Also next Saturday, the WBA world super-middleweight title is at stake when Lisburn southpaw Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25KO) meets Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO) in Denmark. "They don't give away world title belts," says Magee (40). "This will be a hard fight. But I feel good and if I fought against myself now when I was 28 or 29, I'd back myself to win."

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