Rough and Tough Opponent up next for Jay Byrne

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Dublin light middleweight Jay Byrne [1(1)-0] is in for a fight on October 8th in Belfast.

The Loughlinstown newcomer will box on the MHD Promotions dinner show at the Europa Hotel and will face Liam Griffiths [4(0)-65(3)-1].

While his record is not easy on the eye, the Bognor Regis scrapper is one of the most respected journeymen in boxing, known for his ultra-durability, toughness, and for being a perfect early opponent for fledgling pros. A master of the dark arts, it is extremely difficult for any prospect to impress against the Englishman, never mind knock him out.

Such is ‘Bucko’s’ busy schedule, he actually has two dates pencilled in ahead of his clash with Byrne. Next Friday he faces former Irish underage football international Matty Mainwaring on a Kieran Farrell-promoted show at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester. Then, on Saturday September 17th, he faces Brentford debutant Sean Earles at the York Hall. If Griffith’s is stopped inside the distance by Earles he will be subject to a mandatory medical suspension and would be unable to face Byrne.

Griffiths has huge Irish previous during his five-year, seventy-fight pro career, having lasted the distance with Paddy Gallagher, Peter McDonagh, Gary Corcoran, Ger Healy, Matt Wilton (twice), Casey Blair (twice), Willie Thompson, Terry Maughan, and JJ Metcalf.

Byrne, who is kindly sponsored by The Ramblers Rest, Matt Britton Carpets, MC Motors, and HI-SPEC TECH, is hoping for a large Dublin contingent to make the trip up the M1 with him and is organising a bus for travelling fans (contact Jay at +353833040419).

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

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