Ulster duo set for Latino tests on Dublin show


Paul Hyland Jr and Feargal McCrory look set for solid tests this Saturday night in Dublin.

The MHD Promotions pair box on the Assassin Boxing ‘Rise Again’ show at the National Basketball Arena as they look to return to title contention.

Belfast lightweight Hyland [18(7)-0] returns to the ring following his British title loss to the formidable Lewis Ritson as he seeks to make a quick return to the wide-open domestic title scene.

Coalisland super featherweight McCrory [8(3)-0] has an Irish title fight with BUI Celtic champion Stephen McAfee mandated and is aiming to warm up on the Dublin bill.

Both will fight in six rounders versus tough Hispanic opposition.

McCrory, especially, looks to be in one of the fights of the night.

The Coalisland entertainer is set to face Nicaraguan Sergio Gonzalez [10(7)-10(4)-4].

Following a solid career in his homeland, the 30-year-old has this year made the well-travelled journey from Nicaragua to Barcelona to become an away fighter on the European scene.

Gonzalez has this year upset both WBC Mediterranean champ Aritz Pardal and IBF Mediterranean champion Cristian Rodriguez, knocking out both Spaniards while also going the distance with top prospects Raza Hamza and Moussa Gholam.

Returning to the ring just under four months on from his stoppage defeat to Ritson, Hyland looks likely to have a good run-out in the capital.

The Lagmore man will face Mexican Giovanny Martinez [8(4)-6(1)-1].

Just last month the Mexican 22-year-old brought top German-Armenian prospect Robert Harutyunyan the full ten rounds and has won from the away corner in the past.

Both Hyland and McCrory are expected to win on Saturday but the set match-ups ensure that they will certainly have to work for their victories.

The card is headlined by a BUI Celtic middleweight title fight between Vlad Belujsky and Nick Quigley, and features appearances from Lynn Harvey, Dylan Moran, John Joyce, Allan Phelan, Cillian Reardon, Craig McCarthy, Owen Duffy, and Johnny Corcoran, as well as debuts for Martin Wall, Paddy Nevin, Francy Luzoho, Eddie Treacy, and Stephen Webb.

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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