Patrick Hyland Gets Russell Shot



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.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael 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.