Irish featherweight Patrick Hyland suffered the first defeat of his professional career when beaten on points by Dominican boxer Javier Fortuna in their interim WBA World Featherweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Facing an opponent who boasted a record of 15 knock outs from just 20 fights, Hyland was up against it from the very start of the bout.

Fortuna, 23, finished the opening round strongly, putting real pressure on the Dubliner, and followed up by coming out all guns blazing in the second round.

But Hyland, 29, was able to weather the early storm, and in the middle rounds he was on the front foot, bringing the fight to his opponent.

However, Fortuna boxed clever, absorbing what Hyland threw at him, while counter-attacking to good effect.

"Morning after the fight feeling good disappointed didn't get the win but loved the experience it's were I belong!!" - Hyland on Twitter

Hyland stood up to his rival very well, bringing the fight to the death. But his gallant effort failed on the cards, the judges awarding a unanimous decision to Fortuna, scoring it 112-116, 113-115, and 110-118.