Our weekly feature ‘Fighter Favourites’ gives Irish boxers the chance to let us know their favourites from the sport.
This week it is the turn of Dublin welterweight Jay Byrne [4(1)-0]. ‘The Negotiator’ has a massive fight this Friday, jumping up to middleweight to face Matchroom star Felix Cash at the York Hall.
Q: Favourite Current Fighter?
A: Gennady Golovkin. I love how tough he is and the punch power. He takes a lot of shots and loves a fight.
Q: Favourite of All Time?
A: My favourite of all time has got to be Joe Calzaghe as he was just relentless and never ducked anyone. He really was one tough cookie and never forgot his routes.
Q: Favourite Irish Fighter?
A: My favourite Irish fighter is Phil Sutcliffe Jr. Although he’s younger than me, I look up to him a lot. His skills and toughness are quality, let alone his punch power. He will become world champion.
Q: Favourite Fight?
A: I loved Sutcliffe’s fight vs Jenkins as it really could have went either way, but I was delighted to see him overcome it. Although Jamie Conlan in the Stadium [v Junior Granados] was a standout too.
Q: Favourite of your own Fights?
A: My own favourite fight was my debut [v Gabor Ambrus] as I was a bag of nerves and questioning myself for a week or two before after so many saying it was a silly debut opponent. I was worried, but to get in and get a KO was the best debut I could ever have dreamt of.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)