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Paul Hyland Jr determined not to slip up in potentially career-defining fight

Everything seems to be lining up for Paul Hyland Jr [15(5)-0], but now he has to go out and seize his opportunity.

Back in March Hyland would step up to beat Peter Cope on the inaugural Matchroom NXTGEN show, however on Saturday the stage will be even grander.

The Lagmore lightweight boxes on the Ryan Burnett v Lee Haskins IBF bantamweight title undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena, live on Sky Sports.

One of the chief support bouts, ‘Hylo’ takes on former Southern Area champion Adam Dingsdale [16(4)-3(0)] over ten for the IBF East/West Europe title.

With the British scene blown wide open following Robbie Barrett’s win over Scott Cardle, a victory for Hyland on June 10th could put him in the frame for a title shot.

In addition to this, a win for Burnett in the headline fight could see Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom make Belfast a regular stop-off. Should Hyland get past ‘Dingsy,’ he could mark himself out as a fixture on these shows going forward.

Then there is his exciting fighting style will – which will surely appeal to the uninitiated fan when they are given their introduction to the Belfast man on Saturday.

There is certainly a lot riding on the fight for the likeable 26 year old who promises that “it’s a chance I’m not going to let slip through my fingers.”

“Boxing is buzzing in Belfast and I want to be a big part of it”

“I want to fight for big titles and this is the first one for me. I need to be active and get myself out there so to box for my first strap live on Sky Sports is massive for me”

The Burnett-Haskins undercard at present also features an Irish cruiserweight title fight between Luke Watkins and Ian Tims, Feargal McCrory v Paul Holt, James Tennyson v Ben Jones, and appearances from Carl McDonald, Sean Magee, Matt Wilton, Tyrone McCullagh, Padraig McCrory, Paddy Gallagher and 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 from the boxers involved or 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