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Hyland can close in on a crack at British title with convincing win

By Steve Wellings

Paul Hyland Jnr hopes that a victory at the Europa Hotel tonight will push him closer to a British title shot. Headlining Mark Dunlop's 'Inquisition' card, Hyland is looking to remove Hungarian opponent Karoly Gallovich and claim the ranking points to push into the top 10.

He already has his sights set on current lightweight king Scott Cardle but admits that someone else will probably hold the belt when his turn comes around.

"I'd love to fight Cardle but I might have to go through some eliminators first to get a shot at a vacant title," said Hyland Jnr.

"Cardle's one win away from keeping the belt and will probably want an easier option. He was saying on his Twitter that he wants to win the Lonsdale Belt outright and then move on to the European so it'll be towards the end of the year when an opportunity might be there for me."

The Lagmore man recently swapped his licence over from the Boxing Union of Ireland to the British Boxing Board of Control so he is now eligible for a title shot.

"I've had a pretty good training camp with no injuries and some good quality sparring with the likes of Marc McCullough, Sean McComb and Caoimhin Ferguson. The last few days are all about keeping the weight down," he said.

Opponent Gallovich arrives as an unknown quantity, having built his 7-0 slate almost exclusively in Budapest.

Hyland Jnr, who plans on bringing along his usual vocal support, wants to remain calm and put on a professional performance.

"It'll be tough as he won't want to lose his unbeaten record either but I'm just planning on boxing him and controlling the fight. He's a bit of a mystery man but I'm fighting for the ranking points," he said.

"The fans always come out and give me a huge lift. It'll be another great night at the Europa."

Making up the six-fight bill will be Joe Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Clark, Feargal McCrory, Jay Byrne and Lynn Harvey. Tickets will be available on the door.

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