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Paul Hyland v Sean McComb Belfast lightweight derby a possibility

An intriguing lightweight clash between Paul Hyland Jr [20(7)-2(2)] and Sean McComb [10(5)-0] is a possibility according to Mark Dunlop.

Hyland has been the subject of Gary Cully call outs and offers in recent times, but it’s the Irish champion’s MTK stablemate that is the more likely according to manager, Dunlop.

The former British and European title challenger was meant to return from his June 2019 EBU title reverse to Francesco Patera against former world champion Terry Flanagan in Belfast in April.

It seems rescheduling that didn’t make financial sense for Team Hylo, but options remain.

But for a freak training injury – the 30-year-old suffered after a clashing heads whilst out running – he could have fought former European, British and Commonwealth, Robbie Davies Jr on Fight Camp.

It now looks like a September return is on the cards and a Belfast derby remains seems to appeal.

“Hylo could have fought Robbie Davies Jr, that would have been a great fight. There was talk of Flanagan, but the money wasn’t great this time,” Dunlop told Irish-boxing.com.

“He looks like he will be out until September. He has had three stitches and it will take time for them to heal, but he is in a strong position. He has three or four options. We have time to sit and wait on whats best.

“He is in the mix for a lot of things and you know he doesn’t shy away from a challenge or a fight.

“There is a possibility he could fight fight Sean McComb. I don’t know how that will go. Sean has fight coming up and we’d have to see after that.”

‘The Public Nuisance’ is next out against Siar Ozgul [15(3)-4(1)]. The Belfast southpaw will trade leather on Tuesday August 11 against the former Southern Area champion behind closed doors at the LS-LIVE in Wakefield.

That would suggest September is too early, but MTK are rumoured to be running a show in Belfast in October – and if McComb comes through his August clash without any troubles, he may opt for a high profile all Irish clash.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com