Unbeaten Irish super featherweight prospect Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland (25-0, 11 KOs) wants to get where his trainer, two-time world champion Tracy Harris Patterson, has already been.
Patterson, who lives in nearby New Paltz, was trained by his father, the late Floyd Patterson, two-time world heavyweight champion and 1952 Olympic gold medal winner. Tracy (63-8-2, 43 KOs) was the world super bantamweight champion in the early to mid-nineties.
The 28-year-old Hyland, rated No. 6 by the United States Boxing Association ("USBA"), is the reigning World Boxing Federation ("WBF") super featherweight champion.
Patterson started training Patrick's brother, Paul, who was the first of the three Hyland brothers to fight in the United States. Tracy went back-and-forth from the US to Ireland to work Paul's fights and eventually he started training Patrick, who decided to move to Marlboro, New York in order to train regularly with Patterson.