Brave Pajo Hyland stopped by Warrington in Leeds

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There was no joy tonight for Pajo Hyland in Leeds as he succumbed to a ninth round stoppage at the gloves of Josh Warrington at the First Direct Arena.

The Dubliner was dominated for most of a good-natured fight, but hung in well until finally coming apart in the final third.

Warrington began the better in the opening round, a battle of the jabs, and scored one particularly eye catching combo of straight punches.

The second round in Leeds opened up, and while Hyland landed a few decent single shots, the activity of Warrington gave him the edge.

The Jobstown puncher began the third well, controlling the pace for the first minute before Warrington came on strong to end the round.

The fourth was a close affair, with a late flurry from Warrington being largely blocked by ‘The Punisher.’

Warrington found his range in the fifth, landing accurately, and freely, on the Irishman, but Hyland didn’t seem too affected by the power.

Hyland seemed to slow in the sixth, being momentarily wobbled by a shot from the endless barrage of punches thrown by the Englishman.

Most likely 60-54 down on the cards, Hyland started the seventh brightly, attacking his Yorkshire opponent from the off, but Warrington would weather the storm and steamroll back on top.

A quiet eighth sprang into action in the final thirty seconds when Warrington upped his output and eventually put Hyland down after a volumous barrage of punches, with a couple of downward arcing rights sending Hyland to the canvas.

With Warrington smelling blood, it would all be over in the following round as Hyland was put down early from a left hook. The 32 year old managed to continue and bravely went toe-to-toe with the Matchroom star for a final flurry in search of an unlikely Hail Mary, but was put down a third time as trainer Paschal Collins threw in the towel.

The loss sees veteran Hyland drop to 31(15)-3(2), while the World title-chasing Warrington improves to 24(5)-0.

Joe O'Neill

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