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Dublin-Dominican Destroyer to return to the pros under Jay Byrne

Jay Byrne has added to his burgeoning pro stable with the signing of a third boxer.

The fighter-manager announced his intention to move into the promotional side of things last week, with semi-pro welterweight Karl Kelly turning over and recent BUI Celtic title challenger Jake Hanney [5(4)-1(1)] also linking up with Byrne.

Now Byrne has confirmed that he will guide the pro career of Dublin-based super middleweight Manny Bique.

byne biqueOriginally from the Dominican Republic where he was a top amateur, Bique has been in Ireland for over five years and finished runner-up with Mount Tallant in the 2014 Intermediates.

Bique, highly rated by those in the know, was initially due to turn pro way back in November 2015, but a hand injury would cause his debut to be shelved.

The Caribbean puncher would then feature on Byrne’s inaugural semi-pro show last November, defeating Damian Darker over six two-minute rounds.

‘The Negotiator’ Byrne described how “this guy has massive potential and, after working with him on the semi pro scene, I’ve seen that he has the attributes and professionalism to become a very good pro!”

31 year old Bique, who was frustrated following his initial dalliance with the pros, added that “I still got some unfinished business.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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