Boxer Paul Hyland eyes up the path to British lightweight title bid starting with weekend bout at Europa Hotel
Paul Hyland hopes to break into the British lightweight title mix over the next 12 months, starting with victory on Saturday night at the Europa Hotel.
Unbeaten with seven straight wins, Belfast man Hyland has a good test against Hungarian Bence Molnar in an eight rounder on a show which also features Celtic featherweight champion James Tennyson and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joe Fitzpatrick.
"When I look at the lightweight division in Britain there's nobody that I am worried about," said 25-year-old Hyland, a full-time electrician with Contract Services.
"This will be my third eight rounder but I haven't done the eight rounds yet and although it would be nice to have another stoppage I don't mind if I get in eight rounds because that would be a good thing for me.
"I've stayed very busy as a pro and now if I can get a win at the Europa I hope it will push me on towards an Irish or Celtic title fight and next year I hope that I will get into the mix for a shot at the British lightweight title.
"I started a bit later than most and I don't want to hang around, I want to be really tested with every fight.
"So far all but one of my opponents have had winning records and this is a good Hungarian I am facing at the Europa Hotel.
"I've found moving from the amateurs to the professionals quite easy because even when I was an amateur I boxed more like a pro - I was always very aggressive but the amateur scoring back then didn't suit me because it was always about scoring points."
Fellow Belfast man Tennyson is hoping to stay on track for a British super-featherweight title eliminator on the bill.
Tennyson faces George Gachechiladze of Georgia over eight rounds.
Unbeaten James Fryers will aim to make it 10 straight victories as a pro when he takes on Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev in a six-rounder.
Games silver medalist Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick should have litle trouble chalking up a third successive win against Peter Mellar before moving on to be part of the Jamie Conlan undercard at the National Stadium in Dublin on November 7.
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