The headline opponent for this Saturday’s show in Belfast has finally been confirmed
Local lightweight Paul Hyland Jr [13(4)-0] tops the MHD Promotions bill at the Europa Hotel in what will be his first ten-round fight and the first card to take place in Ireland this year.
While the other five fighters on the bill have been matched for some time now, the name across from Hyland read TBA for the past few weeks.
The crowd-pleasing fighter first saw an Irish title clash with Gearoid Clancy scuppered with the Boxing Union of Ireland refusing to authorise Clancy to box for the title. Following this, Hyland would switch his BUI licence to a British Boxing Board of Control licence and now intends to move toward the British title currently held by Scotty Cardle – with a stop-off at the BBBoC Celtic title a possibility.
Numerous strong opponents would turn down the chance to fight Hyland in the weeks that followed the Clancy disappointment, before someone was thankfully sourced last week.
Promoter Mark Dunlop has secured Hungarian prospect Giovanni Gallovich [8(1)-0] to be Hyland’s opponent for the ‘Inquisition’ dinner show.
The Budapest boxer is the definition of an unknown quantity, turning pro just three months ago and quickly racking up eight wins against journeymen in his home country – so sharpness and fitness definitely wont be an issue this weekend.
No video footage of the 23 year old exists, and Dunlop admits that the bout is a risky move, saying that “we have seen recently, with Stephen Ormond’s defeat at the hands of a Hungarian prospect [Zoltan Szabo], that taking anyone for granted can be a recipe for disaster, I feel that Paul has all the tools in his box is very capable of taking the 0 of Gallovich.”
Hyland’s father and trainer, Paul Sr, added that “Team Hylo have seen several names fall trough for this show and know the dangers involved in facing an unknown and undefeated prospect and this stage of his career but feel it will be a statement of intent in a quest to become British Champion.”
Also featuring on the card is MHD’s Scottish star Ronnie Clark, lightweight rivals Joe Fitzpatrick and Feargal McCrory, as well as Dublin duo Jay Byrne and Lynn Harvey.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
Watch the Paul Hyland Jr promo for ‘Inquisition’ below:
Tickets for ‘Inquisition’ are priced at:
£75.00 – VIP Ringside (Including a 4 course meal)
£45.00 – reserved ringside
£35.00 – Unreserved
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