Hyland took the fight on a split decision after twelve entertaining and hard-fought rounds – however most, indeed almost all, felt that Ormond deserved the win.
The Belfast lightweight dropped Ormond early, but the Dubliner came back strong and dominated much of the second half of the fight.
It was not enough though with scores for Hyland of 114-113 and a frankly ridiculous 117-110 overruling a 115-112 for Ormond.
Following the verdict there was outrage on social media among other Irish boxers.
— Gary Spike OSullivan (@spike_osullivan) October 21, 2017
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) October 21, 2017
Has to be rematch thought Ormond won that #HylandJrOrmond
— Jason Quigley (@jay_quigley) October 21, 2017
These judges are giving our sport a terrible name!
— John Joe Nevin (@johnJoeNevin) October 21, 2017
Thought @steormond had it!!
— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) October 21, 2017
— Pauly Upton (@PAULY_UPTONCLAN) October 21, 2017
I'm sorry but that's a home decision @steormond won that fight
— Patrick Hyland (@Pajpunisher) October 21, 2017
Hang your head in shame judges fucking robbed Ormond was
— Declan Geraghty (@Deco_Gero) October 21, 2017
— Ray Moylette (@raymoylette) October 21, 2017
— Tony Nellins (@TonyNellins) October 21, 2017
I can't believe that decision, it's a disgrace! Stephen Ormond won clearly. #RipOff
— Steve Collins Jr (@StevieCollinsJR) October 21, 2017
— Niall Kennedy Boxer (@niallbaskennedy) October 21, 2017
Fuckin joke, Hyland’s body language at the end said it all. Disgusting
— TJ Doheny (@TjDoheny) October 21, 2017
— Packie Collins (@packycollins) October 21, 2017
Boxing figures from further afield also believed that Ormond deserved the decision.
Unbelievable fight! Had ormond edging that #HylandJrOrmond
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 21, 2017
Nahhh. Ormond won that fight!!
— Frank Buglioni (@FrankBuglioni) October 21, 2017
That’s a really bad decision!!!!
— kofi yates (@kofiyates) October 21, 2017
What a performance from Stephen Ormand. Excellent engine and workrate throughout the whole fight & took over from the midway point for me
— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorBoxer) October 21, 2017
Irish boxing writers also were almost unanimously in favour of Ormond.
It's 117-110 Hyland, 115-112 Ormond, 114-113 Hyland. Dubliner's corner crying robbery. Close fight, but The Rock won that for me
— Kevin Byrne (@KevByrneBox) October 21, 2017
Split win for Paul Hyland Jr v Ste Ormond. Close fight. Had it 114-113 for Hyland. Tough to score. 117-110 judge's card for Hyland way off
— Ciarán Gallagher (@Ciaran_Gally) October 21, 2017
That's a joke decision in favour of Paul Hyland. Stephen Ormond the clear winner of that fight. Ormond class: 'these things happen.'
— Gavan Casey (@GavanCasey) October 21, 2017
— eamon carr (@carrtogram) October 21, 2017
thought ormond edged fight with hyland who tired badly in second half of their 12 rounder
— david kelly (@davidkelly777) October 21, 2017
Just catching up with the boxing… Ryan Burnett immense once again. But sick for Steo Ormond. Clear winner. Hyland offered nothing after R5
— Ed Leahy (@Ed_Leahy) October 22, 2017
Veteran Dublin boxer Stephen Ormond very unlucky to lose on split decision to Paul Hyland. Knock down in 3rd round probably cost him #box
— Sean McGoldrick (@SeanMcGoldrick1) October 21, 2017
Ah feck boxing. @steormond won that fight.
— Rob Brennan (@RobBrennan82) October 21, 2017
Disgusting decision there. It really does leave a bad taste. Great fight but Ormond was definetly the winner in my eyes and many others
— Derek McKenna (@DerekMcKenna) October 21, 2017