‘We’ll soon be producing champions’ – Hyland brothers ready to continue Golden Cobra legacy

Eddie Hyland admits there is pressure in attempting to reestablish Golden Cobra as a force within Irish amateur boxing, but is confident that the Hyland brothers have what it takes to bring the good times back.

The three retired fighters Eddie, Pajo and Paulie recently decided that it was time to bring the club established by their late father, the respected and much loved, Paddy Hyland.

The cobra was officially released from the basket on Wednesday with the renaming of the Hyland Boxing Academy and all three brothers are excited with regard to the future.

The eldest of the three Eddie revealed the decision has resulted in wide spread support.

The former Irish professional champion also admitted there is pressure to maintain the clubs good name.

However, he is confident they will be seeing regional and national champions very soon.

“When I put the statement out, the amount of people who were happy to see Golden Cobra back in boxing was just unreal,” he told the Echo.

“We’re all very excited about it. It’s a big deal and it’s a big weight on our shoulders, but as someone said to me, with the three Hyland brothers back together again and with the boxing knowledge we all have, we’ll soon be producing more champions.”

The youngest of the three and the most decorated amateur in terms of the brothers pointed out the timing was just right.

“I was never going to take the responsibility of the Golden Cobra name on my own, but now that us three brothers are back together, the time is right” he told The Echo.

“It’s the 30-year anniversary so let’s go back. It’s just very exciting” he said.

The club which ran for 25 years before their fathers tragic passing in 2015 already boasts 52 national title wins.

Brian Lynch was the Jobstown clubs first and Carl McDonald it’s last.

Darren Hyland, David Sweetman, Thomas O’Shaughnessy and Michael Dillon where some of the stand out names, while Paulie boasts 10 national crowns across the various age groups.

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 sport for a living for 19 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