18 January 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Former Wild Card prospect Dean Byrne is adamant he will still fulfil Freddie Roachs World Championship predictions despite being stuck in a boxing rut at present.
Byrne, who was trained and co-managed by the man considered the best trainer in the world, has left Los Angles to be closer to his newly born child, but is struggling to secure a promoter and hence fights at this point in time.
The undefeated light welterweight prospect looked set to progress to championship level with Dolphil Promotions over the coming year, but hopes of a Bernard Dunne style Dublin return were dashed as contract talks broke down early last week.
Byrnes promising career seems to have stalled following his public fall out with the growing Dolphil stable, and it doesnt look like Irish Lightening will be striking on the January 30 Sunday Matinee Show or on the undercard of Willie Caseys March WBA title tilt.
However the talented fighter is confident he will trade boxing limbo for fighting Heaven over the coming years. The Dubliner claims he can achieve at the highest level and has assured fans it wont be long until he is challenging for top boxing honours.
Freddie Roach said I have the ability to be World champion and believe me I will prove him right. Things might not be running smoothly at present but I know it will work out. I am talking to promoters in England now and I am confident a deal can be made, Byrne told www.irish-boxing.com.
I was excited about returning to Ireland and as I said to irish-boxing.com before I felt I could emulate Dunnes success. But Dolphils offer just wasnt good enough for me and I couldnt sign. I would like to tell my fans not to worry though. It is still going to happen for me. I will get back fighting soon. I am 14-0 and ready to push on. I want to challenge for an Irish title and move on from there.
Meanwhile, Michael Sakara, who boasst three knock wins and one loss in four pro fights has been named as Paul Griffin’s come back opponent. The Irish amatuer legend and two time European medallist will take on the Latvian this coming Sunday in City West.