Super featherweight Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs) defeated Carlos Fulgencio (19-8-1) by unanimous decision at the Sahlem Stadium in Rochester, New York last Wednesday night.
Though Fulgencio is a seasoned campaigner, the Irishman quickly established himself in the fight by dropping the Dominican twice in the opening two rounds.
“I put him down in the first, second and seventh rounds,” Hyland told the Irish Voice on Saturday. “(The first knockdown) was at the end of the first round when I caught him with a right hand.”
It was the same right hand that put Fulgencio on the canvas in the second stanza and the strong start set up a dominant performance for Hyland.
“He was taller than me and he was a long-range puncher. I put him down again late in the seventh,” he added. “I was happy with the performance. I’d done a lot of traveling before the fight.”
Hyland broke camp late to return to Ireland for a week, and he experienced some travel delays on the way back to his upstate New York base. Between the caliber of his opponent and the less than ideal end to his preparations, Hyland was content with the outcome.
“I was glad I got the eight rounds in; it was against a guy who was really trying to beat me,” he said.
Working his corner on the night were his father, Patrick Hyland Sr., and head trainer Tracy Harris Patterson. Hyland told the Irish Voice that both men were happy with his work on the night, and Harris Patterson was particularly happy with how the Dubliner “used his brain” during the fight.
The judges on the night scored the fight 79-71, 79-71 and 79-70 in Hyland’s favor.
Hyland hopes to be back in action again at the end of October or the start of November. He only plans to take a few days off before getting back to the gym to continue his work with Harris Patterson.
With this win, Hyland now reportedly owns the longest unbeaten record of any Irish professional boxer on record.
The Dubliner, who turns 29 in September, is content with his progress thus far in his career stateside, but he hopes that his next assignment will be a "major step up" in class.
Since his move to the U.S., he has defeated three solid opponents. He believes he is ready to challenge the top guys in the division, and he will need to have a signature win against another top contender before the end of the year should he wish to pursue a world title tilt in 2013.
Also in action recently was light heavyweight Seanie Monahan, who moved to 15-0, (10 KOs) after a third round TKO win over George Armenta at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan on August 2.
Armenta, who came into the fight looking in decent shape, tested Monaghan early in the first round, causing a slight bruise under his left eye with a series of right hand shots that found their mark.
Monaghan seemed to headhunt too much and was not going to the body, which is his forte, as much as he should have.
Armenta seemed to get a lift from his first round performance and traded more with Monaghan, who was coming into the fight more. At the end of the second, Monaghan caught Armenta with a right hook that floored the man from Maryland.
In the third, Armenta chose to trade with Monaghan again and the Long Beach man made him pay when a one-two again put Armenta on the seat of his pants. Armenta gamely rose to his feet but referee Earl Jones took one look at the 34-year-old and called a halt to proceedings with 2:25 gone in the round.
In other news Irish American light welterweight Danny O’Connor (18-1, 6 KOS) beat Eddie Soto by fourth round TKO at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday night.
Finally, Chicago-based light middleweight Henry Coyle (17-2, 12 KOs) will fight Marcelo Alejandro Rodriguez (60-19, 43 KOs) at the Royal Theatre In Castlebar, Co. Mayo on Friday night. Coyle will defend the WBF title he won at the same venue last August against the Argentinean in a contest scheduled for 12 rounds.