Gary Russell Jr. vs. Patrick Hyland Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16
Patrick Hyland vs. Gary Russell Jr.
Boxing: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Mohegan Sun Casino)
The Line: Gary Russell Jr. -7000 / Patrick Hyland +3000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Gary Russell Jr. and Patrick Hyland fight late Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino for the WBC Featherweight title.
Gary Russell Jr. enters this fight with a 26-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Russell has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a 2015 win over Jhonny González. Russell is one of the more exciting fighters in boxing due to his quick hands, athleticism and ability to throw rapid combos. Russell is simply one of the better athletes in the sport and does have some decent knockout power despite his frail frame. Russell has also slowed down his work schedule in hopes of perfecting his craft, as this will be his first fight in 13 months. The concern with Russell is his footwork, as a fighter with length can cause him problems. This will be Russell’s first fight in Connecticut.
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Patrick Hyland enters this fight with a 31-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Hyland has won his last four fights and is coming off a October win over David Martinez. Hyland has a size advantage over the small Russell at 5’8”, which should help him in terms of angles. Hyland also has a proven chin and some knockout power, as three of his last four fights have ended with a stoppage. You have to also like the experience factor, as Hyde made his pro debut in 2004, when Russell was just 16 years old. The concern with Hyland is the lack of quality fighters on his resume, as his only real competition was Javier Fortuna back in 2012, which resulted in his only loss. This will be Hyland’s first fight in Connecticut.
While Hyland is an experienced fighter who has been in the ring with some OK names, Russell is head and shoulders the better fighter with lightyears more talent. This just a fight to keep Russell busy as he keeps building his resume in search of bigger names and paychecks.
Russell is the real deal and could very well win back-to-back fights by knockout for the first time since 2012.