Irishman Patrick Hyland, who has lived for the past couple years in Marlboro, N.Y., gets a career-definining fight on Dec. 8, at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard.
The 27-0 Hyland will be the slight underdog, I think, when he meets heralded prospect Javier Fortuna (20-0) for the interim WBA featherweight title.
Hyland's promoter, Mike Pascale, talked to NYFightBlog. "The contract has been verbally approved and will be formally signed the beginning of next week," he said. "Top Rank wants to make the announcement soon. This fight will showcase two very tough, undefeated fighters and will be a war from start to finish. I can tell you this, Patrick has prepared for this night since he started fighting at the age of five and we will dominate."