09 July 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Patrick Hyland could be one victory away from a world title shot.
The undefeated Dubliner, 16-0, will meet Hevinson Herrera for the vacant IBF International featherweight title at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on July 25.
Should Hyland emerge victorious in his eagerly-awaited bout with the Columbian, he is, according to his reprensentatives at Golden Cobra Management, likely to be matched with the IBFs outright champion, Cristobal Cruz, provided the Mexican comes through his title defence against Jorge Solis on Saturday.
Golden Cobra enjoy a close working relationship with Worldwide International, who are based in Philadelphia, which, conveniently enough, is also home to Cruzs management team, Banner Promotions.
As a result, Golden Cobra are confident of tempting Cruz into a title defence against Hyland in Ireland before the end of the year.
However, all of that depends on Hyland extending his winning streak in his native Tallaght on Saturday week.