By Francisco Salazar
Patrick Hyland had not fought in over a year and a half.
While other boxers were fighting often and garnering big paydays, Hyland kept itching to get back in the ring.
He got that opportunity on Wednesday night, where it looked like he took out all of that aggression on his opponent for a much-needed win.
Hyland stopped Noel Echevarria in the fourth round before an overflow crowd at BB Kings Club and Grill in New York City, NY.
The bout headlined a seven-bout "Broadway Boxing" card, presented by DiBella Entertainment.
Hyland had not fought since a 12 round unanimous decision loss to Javier Fortuna in December of 2012.
At that time, he was promoted by Snooki Promotions and had to wait out until the contract ended before signing a promotional contract with Lou DiBella.
Echevarria had lost three bouts in a row prior to his bout against Hyland.
Hyland initiated the exchanges and tool the fight to Echevarria. He was able to land repeatedly with combinations that culminated with left hooks to the body.
Echevarria was able to land his own punches, especially with lead or counter
left hands to the head.
From the third round on, it looked as though Echevarria was in survival mode, doing little to engage. Hyland sensed this and pressed forward, landing at will to the head and body.
The same continued in the fourth round. Hyland continued to mount the pressure until Echevarria turned away from the exchange. That was enough for referee Benji Esteves to step in and stop the bout at 54 seconds.
Hyland, from Dublin, Ireland, goes to 28-1, 13 KOs. Echevarria, from Winston-Salem, NC, drops to 11-4, 6 KOs.
In the co-feature bout, heavyweight prospect Charles Martin notched another win, this time stopping Kertson Manswell in the third round.
Martin used his height and reach to keep Manswell mostly at bay during the fight. Manswell did find success scoring with lead overhand right hands to the head of Martin's head.
The rally was short-lived as Martin began imposing his strength on Manswell. In the third round, the southpaw Martin dropped Manswell with a barrage of punches. After getting up, Manswell fought back, landing more overhand right hands to the head. The rally was short-lived as Martin dropped Manswell with another barrage of punches.
After the second knockdown, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. was about to stop the fight, but it looked as though Manswell convinced him out of it. Moments later, Manswell was on the canvas, courtesy a series of punches. Referee Mercante saw enough and waved the fight over at 2:33.
Martin, from Carson, CA, goes to 18-0-1, 16 KOs. Manswell, from Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago, drops to 24-9, 14 KOs.
Light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (16-1, 13 KOs) stopped Tyrell Hendrix in the third round. Hendrix (11-5-1, 4 KOs) took the fight to Smith, but later paid for it when Smith began unleashing a barrage of uppercuts to Hendrix's head. A right uppercut to Hendrix's head dropped him to the canvas midway through the second round. The knockdown shifted momentum in Smith's favor, forcing Hendrix to back up. During an exchange in the third round, Smith hurt Hendrix with another uppercut to the head. Smith followed up, landing at will to the head of Hendrix. After an exchange, referee Shada' Murdaugh stepped and stopped the bout at 1:45.
Highly-touted super middleweight Sergey Derevyanchenko stopped Cromwell Gordon after the second round. Gordon (4-11, 4 KOs) had his moments in the fight, but Derevyanchenko began to slowly break Gordon down. Towards the end of the second round, Derevyanchenko landed a left hook to the body that hurt Gordon. Fortunately for Gordon,the. Bell sound to end the round. After the round ended, Gordon decided not to continue, making Derevyanchenko pro debut a successful one.
Junior middleweight Patrick Day stopped Brad Jackson in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. An overhand right hand to the head of Jackson (15-10-1, 7 KOs) dropped him to the canvas. Moments later after getting up, Jackson scored a flash knockdown over Day. Undeterred, Day (8-0-1, 5 KOs) landed the harder and more-telling blows to finish the round. Moments into the second round, Day landed a left-right combination that dropped Jackson to the canvas. Jackson got up. On wobbly legs, prompting referee Benji Esteves to stop the bout at 15 seconds.
Super middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze stopped Allen Conyers in the first round of a scheduled eight round bout. Khurtsidze (28-2-2, 17 KOs) went on the attack from the opening bell, putting Conyers (12-10, 9 KOs) on the defensive. After a combination from Khurtsidze stunned Conyers, against the ropes, Khurtsidze went in for the kill. After landing two punches flush to the head, the referee stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:23.
Welterweight Danny Gonzalez won a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Ray Velez. Gonzalez (6-0-1, 3 KOs) won most of the exchanges on the inside, beating Velez to the punch. Velez (3-5-1, 1 KO) tried looking for one punch and when he was on the inside of Gonzalez's guard, he would easily get countered to the head and body. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Gonzalez, 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached at by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing