Jay Byrne looked like a seasoned pro on Saturday night.
The Loughlinstown man confidently and calmly dispatched dangerous debut foe Gabor Ambrus with little difficulty in one of the performances of the night on the FS Promotions/Hatton Promotions ‘The Future’ card.
An ecstatic Byrne told Irish-Boxing.com afterwards that “I am delighted with that as a start.
Describing the win, the 29 year old explained that “before we went out Eddie [Hyland] said plant your feet, stiff jab, three stiff jabs before we work on the combinations.”
“With his high guard I didn’t see too many opportunities for combos, the one to the body was on, but he caught me with a left hook off that so I stuck to the jab.”
“As I was going forward with it I noticed he was going back. The first jab I caught him with that dropped him went straight through his jab so I stuck with that. I put him down then and the round was done.”
The second round stoppage win exceeded even Byrne’s own expectations, with the Dubliner reasoning how “I said it beforehand, if he had a hopeless record I would want to get him out, but the fact it was my first and his twelfth fight, seven of which he won, I couldn’t be coming in here expecting to be knocking him out.”
“So I am delighted to stop him. Everyone was saying I shouldn’t have taken the fight, even tonight some fighting people in here were saying ‘what did you take that one for’, but the coaches said I am good enough I have to trust them.”
Looking ahead, the inexperienced Byrne is realistic, and notes that “I want to get busy and I want to be kept busy, but I am not going to be stupid and say I will fight anyone, I have the heart to fight anyone and I know I have courage, but I am not stupid either and I know I have a lot to learn.”
“I made mistakes in there and I got caught throwing that body shot. If that was a bigger puncher I could have been out myself tonight.”
“Eddie and Tommy will tell me who and when to fight. I fight, they make the decisions.”
The St Margaret’s BC founder even hinted at a drop in weight to the packed Irish welterweight decision, continuing “I will be back in the gym on Wednesday.”
“I might test the weight and see if we can go down because I made the weight easy.”
“I’ll be out as soon as possible. I am always fit and once im told I have a fight I am ready.”
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