Patrick is the current Irish and WBF Super featherweight champion. 26 wins in 26 fights, 12 won by KO. He will return to ring action on August 8 when he fights in Rochester, New York, in a contest scheduled for eight rounds.
Hyland is provisionally set to fight Jeremy McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs), but the Minnesota-based California native is not copper-fastened as the official opponent, as Hyland told the Irish Voice on Monday night.
"I have seen it on boxrec.com, but it is not 100% confirmed yet," said the 28-year-old. "I would like a tough, durable opponent, but this is only an eight round fight.”
Hyland had a very impressive fourth round TKO win May 12th over Freddie Archuleta at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Archuleta was a wily veteran with much experience, and a look at McLaurin’s record, if he does indeed fight the Irishman, would suggest that the 30-year-old in not nearly in the same class.
The Tallaght, Co. Dublin man stays in decent shape all year round, but his official camp kicked off this week.
“I’ve been ticking over all the time, but preparations are really starting today (Monday). I’ve been sparring with Chazz McDowell, who is fighting for the New York State title later this month. I have had a few workouts with him. I am in good enough shape,” he said.
Hyland has been working hard with trainer Tracy Patterson as the two continue to develop their working relationship in the gym. Hyland went on to say that he hopes to remain very active and have another fight later in the year before his team looks for a breakout assignment at the end of 2012 or the start of next year.
In the meantime, another win for the Dubliner will do no harm to his world ranking position as he makes his way up towards the business end of the super featherweight division. Another victory would also extend his record for the most consecutive wins among active Irish professional boxers.
Hyland will head home for a week this month for a wedding and will train with his father Paddy Senior while in Dublin. Father and son will then return to the U.S. to finish camp with Patterson in the final leg of his preparations.
Another Irish boxer in the upcoming action according to boxrec.com, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (14-0, 9 KOs) is back in action at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on August 2 in a contest scheduled for 10 rounds. No opponent has been confirmed.
Monaghan is currently recovering from a cut to the right eye that he sustained in his victory over Romaro Johnson on June 14 at the same venue.