The WBC featherweight title was defended in dominant fashion in Connecticut via a scintillating display of speed from American Gary Russell Jr.
Tough Irishman Patrick Hyland had never been put down in his career beforehand, but the speed, accuracy and all round class of Gary Russell Jr was to change that in their fight.
Russell Jr sent Hyland reeling with multiple knockdowns as early as round two of the bout, prompting the referee to wave off proceedings after a ferocious onslaught on route to Russell Jr’s first world title defense.
After the fight, Irishman Hyland still had his sense of humour about him and vowed to comeback:
Southpaw Russell Jr improved his impressive record to 27-1 (16KO) with the win and is now eyeing up a world title unification fight with Wales’ IBF champion Lee Selby.
For those who didn’t see Russell Jr’s blitzing of Hyland last night, here are the highlights via Showtime:
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