It is finally fight week and Dean Byrne is eager to get in the ring and announce himself as a genuine contender on the world welterweight scene.
The fight itself will be contested for the WBA Intercontinental title, and the 29-year-old Crumlin man will collide with unbeaten Russian prospect, Roman Belaev in Monte Carlo on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs Osumanu Adama.
Byrne, known as Irish Lightning, has been somewhat inactive in recent times. Having boxed only once (a six round points win over Danny Little in July of last year) since his breakout draw with Carson Jones in December of 2012. However, a hard training camp in Alicante, Spain, has helped his diligent preparation for the biggest fight of his career.
Mickey Helliet, Byrne’s promotor, is hopeful of securing his man a world title shot if he is triumphant on Saturday night.
“Belaev is a very strong guy and he has some serious backers who obviously have a lot of faith in him. But if Dean beats him on Saturday night, I’m going to make sure we get a good world rating and start negotiating for a big fight.” Helliet explained.
The show will be televised by BoxNation.