Paulie Hyland targets British title and Munroe, Quigg and Frampton
By Jonny Stapleton
SUPER bantamweight Paulie Hyland has secured a British Boxing Licence and wants to become the first Dublin born British champion since Pat McCormack claimed the light heavy Lonsdale Belt in 70s.
The former amateur stand out and European title challenger is growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of work in Ireland and by all the hype surrounding domestic rivals Scott Quigg, Rendal Munroe and Belfast’s Carl Frampton.
The Tallaght stylist believes he has the beating of all the British top three and wants in on what is becoming an increasingly talked about weight division.
Hyland, whose brother Patrick left Ireland to fight for Jersey Shore’s Snooki in New York, qualifies for a British licence because his mother hails from Birmingham and he told Mirror sport he is determined to take the British route in 2012.
“I have got my British Passport and I am going to take out a British licence now and challenge the top three names in the division there. I am sick of getting looked over. I know for a fact I have the potential to beat any of the British contenders,” Hyland explained. “Give me eight to 10 weeks notice and I would take any of them Munroe, Quigg or Frampton. There is a nice mix there and I want to join it. There is nothing happening in Ireland so why not join the British mix. I want to be the first Dub since the McCormack brothers to have held a British and Irish title.”
The Golden Cobra graduate also explained he isn’t worried about a back lash from Irish fight fans.
“Why would people have a go. Would the Irish fans not want an Irish man to hold the British and Commonwealth belts. I and sick of letting people who are not better than me jump ahead because its quiet in Ireland. I know I can beat these guys so why should I sit back and get all the glory.”