28 July 2010
Unbeaten Irish fighter Dean Byrne 12-0 (KO 5) reunites with his former Crumlin Boxing Club coach and mentor Phil Sutcliffe as he is added to DolPhil Promotions already loaded The Homecoming bill which takes place at the CityWest Hotel, Dublin on Saturday, August 7.
It certainly will be a Homecoming for Byrne, nicknamed Irish Lightening, as the fighter who is based in Los Angeles, USA where he trains at Freddie Roachs Wild Card Gym has yet to fight on home soil during his unblemished twelve fight career.
The former Irish amateur champion turned professional in 2006 in Australia and enjoy a successful six fight stint Down Under, picking and retaining their national Light welterweight title before flying to America to join up with one of the worlds most illustrious boxing trainers, Freddie Roach.
Since his debut Stateside, Dean has improved his power and technique earning a spot as one of the main sparring partners for the World Pound-For-Pound number one Manny Pacquiao and British star Amir Khan.
Despite this high profile activity, Byrne, 25, has an eye toward the Irish scene and is keen to follow in the footsteps of his hero, fellow Dubliner, Bernard Dunne.
Maybe I could emulate Bernard Dunne, like me, he spent a few years in America learning his trade and building his record. Then came back home, smashed it and become world champion. So I just say to myself, if Bernard can do it, why can’t I? Its time to grab to bull by the horns as they say, said a determined Byrne.
Coming off a fifth round stoppage Byrne intends to use Dolphil Promotions heavily laidened bill as the springboard to the world title shot that he craves.
The plan is to keep busy, I need to keep improving my record. I dont want to be sitting around waiting I need fights to achieve my goals. I had a year out of the ring sorting out of the ring and in my return bout I felt the year off in my performance and I dont want to repeat that. Byrne confessed openly.
I dont plan on the fight going the full six rounds. I am going to show the crowd the best of me and then I plan of getting whoever is in front of me out of there.
Its more important to put on a show in front of my home crowd than in any fight I have had before. I approach every fight like it is a world title fight but this is something different and I will be looking to impress me home fans. added Irish Lightening.
Also on the 11 fight bill is Limericks Willie Bang Bang Casey who returns to Ireland following his victory in the SKY Sports Prizefighter series, the All-Ireland of Dublins Anthony Fitzgerald and Belfasts Phillip Townley and the debut of Irelands first ever female professional boxer, Christina McMahon.
Tickets are available from of 40 at www.ticketgroup.ie.