On Saturday, March 14, DiBella Entertainment, Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing will present an exciting night of both professional and amateur boxing, held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, titled “McMayhem in Midtown”.
The pro portion of the card will be headlined by Dublin, Ireland’s world-ranked featherweight contender Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (29-1, 13 KOs). Fans in attendance will also be treated to the long-awaited return of popular light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (17-2, 9 KOs).
The amateur portion of the card will be made up of fights between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and the Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force who will be making the trip over from Ireland.
This event will mark the third meeting between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and Garda Siochana, with the 2015 Transatlantic Championship at stake. An excited FDNY Team President Bobby McGuire stated, “It is an honor to host the Garda Boxing Club in the historic first ever Pro-Am boxing event at Madison Square Garden while also having the opportunity to raise funds for ‘Building Homes for Heroes’, making this a truly special event. The Irish team is a very tough bunch and has a ton of heart, but our guys will be ready and, if history repeats itself, it’s going to be a memorable donnybrook. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the St Patrick’s Day weekend than with some really exciting bouts, for a really great cause, at the Mecca of boxing.”
“This is a great idea and concept and, most importantly, for a great cause, having FDNY’s boxing team square off against the Irish National Police Force just days before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and festivities that will be taking place all over NYC. We are very excited to be a part of this event, and proud to have two of our own from DiBella Entertainment’s roster fighting on this card, with Will Rosinsky, a member of FDNY’s Bravest making his long-awaited return to the ring, and Ireland’s Patrick Hyland, who is truly one of the best featherweights in all of boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
Nicknamed “The Punisher”, Hyland will be returning to the States following a dominant eight-round decision over Oszkar Fiko, on November 15, in Dublin. Sometimes a fighter can be held in high regard in a brave-but-losing effort and that’s exactly what happened when Hyland met the 20-0 interim WBA featherweight champion Javier Fortuna at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on December 8, 2012. Though Hyland would lose a decision, he proved on a major stage that he was a world-class fighter in providing a competitive fight against the highly touted and undefeated Fortuna. He looked sensational in his ring return on July 23, 2014, stopping the tough Noel Echevarria in four rounds, headlining DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series in New York City. He has won Intercontinental and International titles in his career thus far and has his focus set on winning a world championship. Looking to continue on that path, Hyland is thrilled to be making his debut at Madison Square Garden, in a featherweight contest scheduled for 10 rounds.
“It’s great to be fighting back in New York again and especially at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden,” said Hyland. “It’s every boxers dream to fight there and I’m certainly no different. I’ve been to fights there and you can feel the history in the place. All the greats have fought there over the years, so to get a chance to fight there myself is a dream come true.
“I want to prove that I’m ready to take on the best at featherweight and put on a show for the Irish and New York fans. This is going to be a big year for me and I’m hungrier than ever to get my hands on a world title.”
Following a two-year layoff, the highly touted Rosinsky is eager to return to the venue that saw him win four Golden Gloves championships as an amateur. Debuting in 2008, Rosinsky steadily progressed, building his record to 14-0, to earn a shot at the undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez in October 2011, with the bout televised by Showtime’s “ShoBox” series. Though he would lose a decision, Rosinsky gamely battled Rodriguez the entire route, doing his best work in close quarters. An impressive victory over the tall and lanky prospect Aaron Pryor Jr. on “Broadway Boxing” set him up for an HBO-televised contest against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. Once again, Rosinsky gave the former champion a tough outing, but would go on to lose a 10-round decision. Rosinsky bounced back to defeat Otis Griffin, winner of “The Next Great Champ” televised tournament, in December 2012. He then went into his short-lived retirement to pursue another dream of becoming a firefighter. During his probationary period with the FDNY, Rosinsky was unable to enter the ring.
“I left the boxing world temporarily with a simple message to my fans, ‘Be back soon’. Entering the FDNY was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I have already gained a ton of knowledge, a brand new family and a support system second to none.
“At this moment, I am currently off of my probationary status in the FDNY and ready to enter the ring again. With my faithful family, fans, and friends alongside my new support system (the FDNY), I am glad to come back to where I originally made my mark. MSG is a great landmark of NY and I am proud to say that I was announced Golden Gloves champion there four years in a row. Coming back into the boxing world, I want everyone to know that I am ready and just like any intelligent individual with time, I am more educated, more trained, and better than before.”
The event is sanctioned by USA Boxing and the NYSAC.