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Hyde taking Acosta to top

CORKMAN Gary Hyde is taking his Cuban bantamweight prospect Alexei 'The Hurricane' Acosta across the Atlantic later this month for his US debut and what he hopes will be a step towards winning a world title.

The 21-year-old Acosta defected from Cuba in 2008 and signed a managerial contract with Hyde's Cork outfit, Nowhere to Hyde Promotions.

He won his debut inside two rounds and followed with eight more quick successes. In his last outing he stopped former British title challenger Sean Hughes in the second round, equalling Bernard Dunne's performance against the Welshman in 2005.

"I've always dreamed of becoming a world professional champion," said Acosta, the 2006 amateur world junior champion, "but that was never going to be possible if I stayed in Cuba.

"My dream is going to become reality soon, when I go to the US and win the world title in six or seven more fights."

Hyde manages several other Cuban fighters, including two-time Olympic bantamweight gold medallist Guillermo Rigondeaux, heavyweight Mike 'The Rebel' Perez and super-middleweight Luis Garcia.

"I plan to spend a lot more time in the United States this year developing my team, and they should be ready for global dominance by the end of the year," said Hyde.