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“He’s been beat before” – Paul Hyland Jr has game plan for Adam Dingsdale showdown

Paul Hyland Jr [15(5)-0] is feeling too fit and too strong to allow experience to be the decisive factor in his big fight tomorrow night.

The Belfast lightweight features in one of the chief support bouts on the Ryan Burnett v Lee Haskins world title undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena, live on Sky Sports, where he will take on Adam Dingsdale [16(4)-3(0)].

A former BBBoC Southern Area champ, Dingsdale has faced a number a big names and has said in the build-up to this fight that his superior experience will tell against the fresh Hyland.

Hylo however comes into the bout with confidence, looking to make his own experience.

The Lagmore lightweight told Irish-Boxing.com that “he has more experience than me. He’s fought a few guys that are bigger names than me, a few tough guys.”

“It wont affect me, I know what I have to do and I know what I have to do to beat him – he’s been beat before.”

“This is my first ten rounder – but when I did eight against Cope and Molnar that was eight rounds start to finish non-stop. My fitness is always brilliant, I always give it 110%. My dad [trainer Paul Hyland Sr] is always pushing me in the gym and it pays off on fight night.”

“I’m feeling fit, I’m feeling strong, and I do feel as if I’m coming in in the best shape [of my career].”

That said, Hyland is not underestimating his opponent and expects a close-run fight for the IBF East/West Europe trinket. The 26 year old noted how Dingsdale “has never been stopped so I’m expecting to do ten tough rounds, that’s what I’ve trained for.”

“He better be ready to do ten rounds because that’s what he’s going to get.”

“I’m going for a points win, as he’s never been stopped and has been in with some big names – [Steve] Ormond, who’s a strong guy, Derry Mathews. But, if I do catch him, I’ll be stepping it up and trying to get him out of there.”

“When it does come to fight night – I can fight and I can box. I can adapt to whoever I’m fighting and do whatever I need to do to make sure I get the win.”

A high-profile fight on a Matchroom bill, the prospect of the Sky cameras making Belfast a regular stop-off, the wide-open domestic scene – Hyland knows the enormity of the opportunity he has been presented with.

Following a slightly below par display in his previous bout, Hyland is ready to step up to the mark and take his chance on the biggest of stages.

The Ulsterman outlined how “I fought Peter Cope in my last fight. It wasn’t my best performance, but it was his best performance, he turned up on the night.”

“I’ve a lot more in the tank and come Saturday night, I’ve put in a good hard camp, I want to take my opportunity with both hands.”

“I’m buzzing, it’s the big lights and all!”

The Burnett-Haskins undercard also features an Irish cruiserweight title fight between Luke Watkins and Ian Tims, Feargal McCrory v Paul Holt, James Tennyson v Ryan Doyle, and appearances from Padraig McCrory, Paddy Gallagher, Sean Magee, and Tyrone McCullagh, as well as the return of Mike Perez.

Tickets for ‘Belfast Boy’ on June 10th at the SSE Odyssey Arena cost £30, £40, £60, £100, and £150 (VIP), and can be bought HERE.

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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