While boxing continues to hibernate, Ireland’s Patrick Hyland (26-0, 12 KOs) takes to the Sahlen Stadium in Rochester, New York on Wednesday night. Featherweight club fighter, Carlos Fulgencio (19-7-1, 12 KOs) will provide the rounds for Hyland. Hyland vs. Fulgencio is scheduled for 8 rounds and will headline a night of fights produced by Final Round Promotions and Team Snooki Boxing.
Hyland is looking for his 27th consecutive win, which according to a recent press release, would be an Irish boxing record for most wins to start a professional career, surpassing the mark of 26 set by John Duddy. Hyland’s career began 8 years ago in Ireland, and slowly but surely he’s grown from fighting the Peter Buckleys of the world (who was sporting a record of 31-206-10 at the time of their fight) to Emmanuel Lucero and Frankie Archuleta in his last two. It’s no secret that Lucero and Archuleta have seen better days, but as Hyland has been gradually introduced to American audiences, the name recognition and credibility of his opponents has gone up as well. Increased activity also factors into Hyland’s plan, as Wednesday night will be his third outing of 2012, and barring any setbacks or injuries he figures to fight at least once more this year.
Standing in Hyland’s way will be Carlos Fulgencio, the well-traveled featherweight gatekeeper. While Fulgencio may have been brought in to serve as cannon fodder, he has a slight experience advantage over Hyland. Fulgencio has been in with Abner Mares, Antonio Escalante, and Marvin Sonsona – but he lost to all three by way of knockout.