By Jonny Stapleton
DEAN Byrne claims fight fans will finally get to see rather than hear how good he is as he makes his British debut in the York East London tonight.
Irish Lightning is itching to strike and revealed he is ready to prove why the greatest trainer on the planet Freddie Roach heralded him as a future champion of the World.
The Dubliner has long been tipped as a potential world star and rumours of brilliant sparring session with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and more recently Frankie Gavin and Ricky Burns have had Irish fight fans intrigued for years.
However, the Crumlin Gym product’s career has been blighted by in activity as he struggled to get regular fights and lacked the promotional help needed to expose his much touted talent.
Byrne has now joined fellow Irish fighters Stephen Ormond and Gary ’Spike’ O’Sullivan in Frank Warren’s Irish stable and is adamant he will finally begin to fulfil his potential.
Step one on a new path to glory begins tonight for the former Wild Card fighter as he takes on Michael Frontin and he is eager to put on a show.
“It is time for me to start living up to the hype and fulfilling my potential,” Byrne told Mirror Sport.
“Freddie Roach often told me I could become a world champion, but I don’t have to be in the Wild Card for that to happen. I can do it closer to home. I have trained hard for this fight and I can’t wait to get in the ring and show the fans what I am about. People have been hearing a lot about me and what I am capable off. Now its time for me to show them.”
Byrne hasn’t been in the paid ring for nigh on a year. Such activity has left the Dub’ frustrated and he plans to take it out on Frontin tonight.
“It has been a year since I last fought. I am dying to get back in the ring. I want to feel the eight ounce gloves on my wrists and to be honest I want to do some damage. I have been sparring Ricky Burns of late and I am in great shape.”
After an unfortunate sequence of events not seen since Lemony Snicket most would forgive Byrne for being a little negative, but the Warren prospect seems to be an optimist.
The 27 year old believes with Britain’s longest serving promoter launching his very own TV Station , Box Nation now is the perfect time for him to try and progress to the big time.
“I believe things happen for a reason and it seems like the perfect time for me to fighting now. Box Nation will help give me the exposure and to impress my way to the top. I am really excited about the future.”