26 November 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Dean Byrne will put his undefeated record on the line when he takes on Priests Smalls at the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles on December 20.
The exciting light-welterweight prospect, who is based in California and trains at Freddie Roachs famous Wild Card gym, has been sparring with Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao in recent weeks had been hoping to secure a berth on the undercard for the latters December 6 showdown with Oscar de la Hoya in Las Vegas.
However, there was no room for Byrne on the bill and the Dubliner also saw his hopes of fighting on the proposed John Duddy-headlined show in New York on November 21 dashed by its cancellation earlier this month.
Byrne, though, has secured a clash with Smalls and their bout will share top billing with former IBF light-middleweight champion Roman Karmazins clash with Branco McKart.