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Impressive debut opponent chosen for Jay Byrne

For someone with limited amateur experience, Jay Byrne has sent out a massive statement with his debut opponent.

The Loughlinstown light middleweight will take on Hungarian Gabor Ambrus [7(4)-3(3)-1] at the National Stadium on next Saturday’s ‘The Future’ show ran by FS Promtions and Hatton Promotions.

In an admirable and refreshing move, the 29 year old has gone straight into tough fights rather than gain experience against non-threathening opponents.

Coming in to the four-round bout, Ambrus will most definitely be sharp having just last week traveled to Italy to take on Alessandro Goddi (25-1-1), with the bout being stopped early due to a clash of heads.

Byrne, trained by Tommy McCormack and Eddie Hyand, is the founder of St Margaret’s BC and a former sparring partner of Anto Fitzgerald.

A multi-talented sportsman, ‘Goldenballs’ Byrne is also a skilled footballer and was player-manager of this year’s LSL Major-winning Enniskerry YC side. The Dubliner plans to bring a massive fanbase to the South Circular Road venue next Saturday for the clash – and, with this choice of opponent, he has turned many heads in the Irish boxing community.

Perhaps the most competitive fight on the whole card, Byrne is confident ahead of the clash, and explains that “I will never shy away from a fight.”

“A lot of doubters need silencing.”

“I’m on weight and ready to rock.”

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