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Dunlop looking for step-up for Paul Hyland Jr

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Belfast dinner boxing returns on October the 8th at the Europa Hotel and will again be headlined Paul Hyland Jr [12(4)-0].

12 months on from his career-best win over Bence Molnar which topped the ‘Champions at the Europa’ card, Hyland is back and looking to put himself in line for a maiden career title.

Promoter Mark Dunlop is envisioning a step-up for the Belfast lightweight, although he admits that it is tough to find suitable opponents for the well-supported Hylo.

Tough wins over the likes of Molnar, Virgile Degonzaga, and Jacek Wylezol have left the undefeated boxer title-ready and it promises to be a big few months for the 26 year old.

“I am looking forward really seeing Paul step up another few gears this season he has never been matched easy as a result he is now not easy to match!” explained Dunlop.

An interesting name on the card is new MHD addition Ronnie Clark. The Scottish super featherweight has mixed it with some of the best domestically, including a loss to Belfast’s Anto Cacace, and Dunlop has big plans for The Shark.

“Ronnie is a great fighter, he has away draws with Ryan Walsh and Maxi Hughes which you can count as wins and fears nobody.”

“Tony Dunlop his new coach will add some new tools to his box.”

“I am hoping to move him into position for crack at the British Title this season whoever the champion is when that happens”

The current title situation will see one of Andy Townend or Martin J Ward crowned British champion in September before defending against the winner of Anto Cacace v George Jupp.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie