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Ambitious boxer Dee Walsh is out to make a big impact


Tough test: Dee Walsh knows he faces a difficult opponent

Tough test: Dee Walsh knows he faces a difficult opponent

Kevin Scott

Tough test: Dee Walsh knows he faces a difficult opponent

Belfast man Dee Walsh will look to take another step along his professional learning curve at the Devenish Complex tomorrow night.

Irish light-middleweight champion Walsh, unbeaten in 11 fights, should take care of business against Poland's Patryk Litkiewicz and then look for a significant move up in class.

Nevertheless, Walsh believes the Pole will offer him his toughest test yet.

"I needed a step-up and this guy will give me that," says Walsh.

"I have to win this fight and get myself more exposure.

"He has a good record and has fought the WBO world Youth title twice, so he is no mug."

The show also features Celtic featherweight champion James Tennyson who stays busy as he waits for a British title eliminator, while Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joe 'The Dragon' Fitzpatrick debuts against Hungarian Ignac Kassai, a 60-fight journeyman.

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Undefeated Tyrone McKenna goes for win number eight and another step up the British rankings when he faces another Pole, Sylwester Walczak.

Meanwhile, Irish boxing is in mourning following the passing of Dublin coach Paddy Hyland.

Paddy, the father of boxers Patrick, Eddie and Paulie, was a very popular figure within amateur and professional boxing.

World champion Carl Frampton was one of many leading boxers to express his shock at Paddy's sudden passing.

"Very sad to hear the terrible news about Paddy Hyland Snr. Always laughing. I remember him cheering me on in Irish seniors 2009. RIP," wrote Frampton on Twitter.

Devenish tickets: £40 ringside and £30 unreserved. Telephone: 07712473905

Full bill: Middleweight: Gerard Healy (Belfast) v Pitor Tomaszek (Pol) 4X3; welterweight: Tyrone McKenna (Belfast) v Sylwester Walczak (Pol) 4x3; super-feather: Joe Fitzpatrick (Belfast) V Ignac Kassai (Hun) 4x3; featherweight: James Tennyson (Belfast) v Krysztof Rogowski (Pol) 6x3; super-featherweight: James Fryers (Belfast) v Sergejs Logins (Lat) 6x3; lightweight: Paul Hyland Jnr (Belfast) v Ivans Levickis (Lat) 6X3; light-middleweight: Dee Walsh (Belfast) v Patryk Litkiewicz (Pol) 8x3.

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