Featherweight contender Patrick ‘Punisher’ Hyland steps back into the ring on July 23 as the Irishman aims to bounce back from his unanimous points defeat to Javier Fortuna for the interim WBA title in 2012.
After a lengthy spell out of the sport due to a contract dispute, Hyland was signed by high-profile promoter Lou DiBella recently and is now focusing on returning to his previously lofty position in the rankings.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Hyland told World Boxing News.
“I’ve been out so long over contract issues with my old promoters, but it’s great to finally have a fight lined up.
“I felt okay after the loss to Fortuna, but I just felt I didn’t do enough work from round five onwards. I think our gameplan worked very well, it’s just that I just didn’t get my punches off.
“Fortuna boxed very well to win the fight and I now know what needs to be done to win big fights. Your learn from defeats.
“I didn’t need a break from boxing, but I am glad to be back and will be staying at featherweight for my next fight. I have no opponent yet as that new should come sometime this week.
“I just want to get the fight on the 23rd out of the way get the ring rust out, then stay busy and hopefully push for titles after a few fights.
“Linking up with Lou and team DBE is great for me and I feel it’s the best move I could have made. Lou will keep me busy and I feel can get me the big fights, so I’m very excited to see how things play out from here on in. They are a great team, are very straightforward and easy to work with.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring to fight again, taste some leather again, and get some good fights to prove I’m one of the best featherweights in the world!”
The 30 year-old’s comeback bout takes place at the BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York as Hyland bids to put his maiden loss behind him and improve on his already outstanding 27-1 record.
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