Irish featherweight contender Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland headlines “The Heat Is On” professional boxing card, presented by Final Round Promotions, in association with Team Snooki Boxing, Saturday night, May 18, at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs), rated No. 11 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), faces an opponent to be determined in the eight-round main event. The 29-year-old Hyland, who lives in Marlboro, New York, is coming off his first pro loss. Last December in Las Vegas, he lost a 12-round decision to undefeated Javier Fortuna for the vacant Interim WBA featherweight title.
“We’re excited to bring pro boxing back to Poughkeepsie with Patrick Hyland headlining once again,” promoter Mike Pascale (Final Round Promotions) said.
“Patrick learned valuable experience fighting for the world title. Although he lost, Patrick went 12 hard rounds with Fortuna, who is 22-0 with 16 KOs. We’re still confident that Patrick will be world champion and the May 18th fight is his next step in that direction. We also have some of the best talent in the Hudson Valley fighting on this show.”
Unbeaten Michael “Lefty” Brooks (9-0-1, 2 KOs), fighting out of Long Island, takes on Yonkers favorite Chass McDowell (6-3, 1 KO) in the eight-round co-feature for the vacant New York State lightweight title.
Newburgh (NY) light welterweight Treysean Wiggins (3-0, 3 KOs) meets David Roman “The Riot” Curiel (3-1-1, 1 KO) in a six-round bout.
Also fighting on the undercard in separate four round bouts are Newburgh heavyweight Detroy “The Destroyer” Jones (5-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. TBA, Newburgh bantamweight Michael Del Valle in his pro debut vs. Derrick Bivins (1-1-1), Queens cruiserweight Armin “The Bosnian Prince” Mrkanovic (5-3, 3 KOs) vs. Eric George (0-2), of Niagara Falls, Albany heavyweight Kimbo Bethel Boykin (6-1, 5 KOs) vs. TBA, New York City super featherweight Jodie Ann Wells in her pro debut vs. TBA, and Puerto Rican featherweight Kendal Santos (0-1) vs. Micah Brown (1-6-1).
Tickets, reasonably priced at $35.00, $50.00 and $100 (Gold Ringside), are available to purchase at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and through all Ticketmaster outlets.