Mark Vaz at the scales
Irish featherweight champ Patrick Hyland (15-0, 8 KOs) fights Nicaraguan challenger Carlos Guevara (12-8-2, 9 KOs) for the IBA International title this Saturday when Celtic Pride Boxing presents an action-packed St. Patrick’s Day Weekend show at the Dorchester Armory in Boston. In the co-main event, “Spike” O’Sullivan (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cork, Ireland goes toe-to-toe with veteran Jimmy LeBlanc (12-15, 9 KOs) of nearby South Boston plus 2008 U.S.A Olympian Danny O’Connor encounters Charles Wade (4-7, 1 KO). Several more bouts featuring top local talent are scheduled. Tickets are available at the box office or call 508-746-0176. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30 pm.
Below are the official weights of tonight’s participants:
Patrick Hyland 129 vs. Carlos Guevara 129
Danny O’Connor 141 vs. Charles Wade N/A
Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan 154 vs. Jimmy LeBlanc 152
Anthony Cannon 168 vs. Nick Brinson 168
Dan Conway 163 vs. Raphael Jastrzedski 165
Steve Jaegar 226 vs. Alexis Santos 206
Juergen Hartenstein 177 vs. Mark Tucker 177
Justin Paulo 149 vs. Antonio Chaves-Fernandes 150
Interview Irish featherweight champion Patrick Hyland.
This Saturday Irish featherweight prospect Patrick Hyland will make his third US appearance, fighting the main event of Celtic Pride Boxing’s annual St. Patrick’s Day show at the Dorchester Armory in Boston. At 15-0 with 8 knockouts, Hyland’s career is moving forward at a steady pace. He won the Irish featherweight title in April of last year and tonight he is fighting hardcore veteran Carlos Guevara for the vacant IBA International title. Bouncing between Dublin and the U.S., FightNews had the opportunity to speak with Hyland from his upstate New York training camp this week.
FightNews: What does it mean to be returning to the US?
Hyland: It means a lot. America is where a fighter comes to step to the next level. I want to move my career forward and this is how I will do it.
FightNews: This is your second appearance in Boston. What do you think of the fans?
Hyland: They are very supportive. It’s a big Irish population, and Celtic Pride does a great job reaching out to the Irish community. It’s a fine place to box on St. Paddy’s day weekend.
FightNews: There has been an influx of Irish boxers in the U.S. lately, making some noise. Tell us your take on them.
Hyland: John Duddy, of course, is the best known and most accomplished. It’s great to see him have such success. It is an inspiration for us to follow his path. I watched him fight a few weeks ago (and) he boxed brilliantly. Living and training here has been great for him. Andy Lee, as well. My goal is to become established the same way.
FightNews: Do you plan to relocate to the U.S.?
Hyland: I want to establish a base. I will probably fight in Ireland after this bout, but then return to America and perhaps set up here as well, to build a good following.
FightNews: How was your training camp?
Hyland: It’s been a brilliant training camp. I am working with Tracy Patterson in upstate New York, up in the mountains. He has taught me quite a lot. I have had great sparring. I am really adapting to the American style.
FightNews: Do you still see a difference between the European fighters and Americans?
Hyland: Yes, there is. Over there, they are more traditional, stand-up boxers, whereas here they are more versatile, box in different styles. I want to do both.
FightNews: Your opponent looks to be a good step for you. What do you think of him?
Hyland: I’ve seen tapes. He’s a tough guy, takes a good shot, and packs a good wallop. So do I though. It should be an exciting fight.
FightNews: Thanks Patrick, good luck on March 14.
Hyland: Thank you, and I want to thank Celtic Pride Boxing for giving me the opportunity to fight in Boston again this year, and tell the Boston fans to come out for a great show.
In the co-main event of Saturday’s Celtic Pride event, “Spike” O’Sullivan (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cork, Ireland goes toe-to-toe with veteran Jimmy LeBlanc (12-15, 9 KOs) of nearby South Boston in an eight-rounder for the AFO light middleweight title. Also featured is 2008 U.S.A Olympian Danny O’Connor encounters Charles Wade (4-7, 1 KO). Several more bouts are scheduled featuring top local talent. Tickets are priced at $30 (standing room), $40 (general seating) and $50 (ringside). Tickets will be available at the box office or call 508-746-0176. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30 pm. The Dorchester Armory is located at 70 Victory Road in Dorchester, Massachusetts.