The past two months has seen Jay Byrne [4(1)-2(0)] make life-long memories.
The Loughlinstown welter has fought against some of the hottest prospects in England, in front of thousands of people, and twice given brilliant accounts of himself.
However, next weekend it is back to the grindstone, of sorts, for one of Ireland’s busiest fighters.
It could be argued that it’s ‘back to reality’ for the Dubliner on the Celtic Clash 2 bill at the National Stadium, and in some ways it is, however Byrne is bolstered by his experiences in front of the cameras.
“I’m focused and determined as always,” Byrne told Irish-Boxing.com. “However, it is a lot harder to get yourself motivated compared to the Sky shows.”
“It’s a bit different the preparations, especially coming off the back of a three week break which is my first since December.”
Following successive six-round points losses to Felix Cash and Josh Kelly, his fight on May 27th is an important one, and Byrne admits that “I must win this one just to get that feeling back and gather some momentum again.”
“We have been given the opponent and will sit and study him this week and get prepared properly for him.”
His 0 may be gone, however Byrne’s standing has improved, both in and out of the ring. ‘The Negotiator’ described how “I’ve improved a lot with the two fights compared to my last fight in Dublin which has been commented on by my sparring partners in the past couple of weeks.”
“The profile has grown for sure and hopefully it makes the ticket sales a lot easier.”
The May 27th card, the largest in Irish boxing history, also features Eric Donovan, Stephen Carroll, JJ McDonagh, Sean Creagh, Vladimir Belusjky, Rohan Date, Lynn Harvey, Allan Phelan, Gerard Whitehouse, Carl McDonald, as well as debutants Liam Gaynor, John Joyce, Regan Buckley, Johnny Corcoran, Stephen McAfee, and Keane McMahon.
Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.
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