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Patrick Hyland Gets Russell Shot

By Michael Woods

Gary Russell Jr is coming off his career best win, last March, against Jhonny Gonzalez, who he stopped out in round four.

That night he snagged the WBC featherweight crown, and put himself on more watch lists, because of his aggressiveness.

Word is he will again be putting the belt on the line, this time against a fan-friendly banger with a gleaming record, Irishman Patrick Hyland.

The 31-1 “Punisher” turned pro in 2004. After a stint as the lead dog in the “Snooki Boxing” pack, he's solidified nicely with promoter Lou Dibella.

The tangle is underneath the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter welter faceoff in CT March 12.

CBS is the televiser, and Dibella promotes the PBC-branded event.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.