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Hyland and Ormond on course for firework display

 

By David Kelly

Paul Hyland and Dubliner Steven Ormond are rarely in a dull fight so it would seem that fireworks are guaranteed when they come together at the SSE Arena this evening.

Hyland has his sights on a shot at the British title and knows that an entertaining victory over Ormond could well set him up for a shot at newly-crowned lightweight champion Lewis Ritson.

Handed the role as chief support to Ryan Burnett's world title scrap with Zhanat Zhakiyanov, Hyland has never had a better opportunity to grab the spotlight.

"He's definitely my toughest opponent to date. I respect what he's done and am expecting a tough fight but it's my time to take over now," said Hyland.

"Ormond's had an up and down couple of years but there's no doubt he's boxed at a higher level than I have at present. It's a good measuring stick for me to get in and see where I am at.

"Next year I'd love to fight for the British title. I'm in the top 10 in Britain now and I know Matchroom have just signed Lewis who had a good win over Robbie Barrett.

"Everything has gone well. I've done some great strength and conditioning work for this camp. I'm feeling fit, strong and sharp.

"I've done a proper strength and conditioning programme this time and I can feel my power and strength improving. It'll be a cracking atmosphere in the arena."

Meanwhile, unbeaten super-lightweight Tyrone McKenna didn't take too kindly to quirky Frenchman Renald Garrido donning a Halloween outfit and jumping towards him at yesterday's weigh-in.

McKenna is hoping to wipe the smile off the Frenchman's face with a win inside the scheduled 10 rounds.

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