Hyland’s sportsmanship warms American hearts

Patrick Hyland ended up on the canvas after career victory number 31 in Lowell on Saturday night.

The Punisher, wasn’t dropped or didn’t collapse after the final bell rather showed sportsmanship and solidarity with the fighter he had just stopped.

After putting Martinez to the canvas in the eight round to claim victory near Boston, Hyland, who was competing for the first time since the untimely death of his father and trainer, Patrick Snr, sat down and joined his foe on the canvas.

Hyland waited until the doctor sat his victim up before checking on his health. Martinez, who lost to Bernard Dunne back in 2006, proceeded to tell Hyland he did his father proud, reducing the Lou Di Bella promoted Tallaght man to tears.

It was an emotional ending to an emotional evening and one that those in attendance took to tweeting about.

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