Light welterweight Dean Byrne moved to 11-0, 4kos when he defeated Jose Reynoso by unanimous decision on Friday night.
Byrne took the decision on the judges' cards, 76-73, 76-73 and 77-72.
The 24-year-old Dublin native had his Mexican opponent down three times in the first four rounds, and was able to build on this work to win his eleventh contest as a pro.
IrishCentral caught up with Byrne on Monday when he was spending time with none other than Manny Pacquiao (the who share the same manager, Freddie Roach), the number one pound for pound superstar who destroyed Ricky Hatton in two rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“I did well when I got on the inside and in the second round I hurt him with a left hook and had him down and I thought that was it,” Byrne said.
He also put Reynoso down in the third with a body shot and in the fourth with the right hand. ”The guy was really tough and showed a lot of heart. I kept walking him down and pressuring him and even in the later rounds I kept on him, but it was a good fight,” he said.
Boxing fans in New York will get a chance to see Byrne in action on May 15 as the Dubliner confirmed he is meant to be in action on a card at the Yonkers Armory, opponent to be confirmed.
With all the Pacquiao/Hatton hoopla, Freddie Roach was not in Byrne’s corner on Friday. The trainer’s brother and Byrne’s manager Stave Fader were with him. Byrne hopes that Roach will come East with him, but he knows the famed trainer has a lot on his plate.
“I am hoping he can get time to come across because he has a lot of fighters in action. Freddie will be there when he can, but if he is not then I’ll be the professional that I am and I’ll do what I am trained to do,” Byrne said.
“I want to get my record up. I am sparring with the likes of Amir Khan, I am sparring at world class level and I want to be fighting at world class level as soon as possible.”