Patrick Hyland defeats Emmanuel Lucero in Atlantic City


However, in the second and third, Eddie found more of a rhythm, seemed to push the action more and connected with come clean shots.

Both men sensed that the result was in the balance going into the last, and they fought a keenly competitive final round that the Puerto Rican might have just edged.

The judges scored the fight as follows, 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36 in favor of Gonzalez.
Paddy Hyland, Sr. was not happy with the outcome.

“The first round was a bit shaky, he (Eddie) got rocked a bit, but it doesn’t mean you win the round.  One of the judges gave that kid the four rounds. In my opinion, that is a joke,” he said.

“There is no way that kid won four rounds. I thought Eddie won the second and third rounds, and the fourth round was close. I just thought it was a bad decision.”
Eddie was also a little perplexed at how the judges interpreted the fight.

“You could give him the first round, but I thought I won the second and third.  He wasn’t catching me cleanly; he was catching my gloves,” said the 30-year-old.

“I rocked him a couple of times but I don’t know what the judges were looking at.  I was the more aggressive fighter.”

In other news, junior middleweight Kevin Rooney Jr. (2-1) is back in action this Saturday night at the Times Union Center in Albany.  The 27-year-old will fight Stanley Harvey (1-1) in a contest scheduled for four rounds at a contract weight of 160 pounds.

Rooney is coming off his first loss as a professional back in October, and he is keen to get that defeat out of his system this weekend.

“This was an injury-free training camp and I am very confident going into Saturday.  I am very much looking forward to getting back in there and erasing that horrible memory,” Rooney told the Irish Voice via e-mail on Monday.

Rooney, who is also PR director for DiBella Entertainment, feels he won his last outing but blames himself for allowing his opponent get a stronghold in the fight.

As well as getting back on the winning track, there is also a significant reward if he impresses with a win. 

“If this fight goes well I will be fighting on the March 17 card at the Garden, so I am going to make sure this one goes the right way!”