Hyland and Ormond to square up again
Paul Hyland and Stephen Ormond are heading for an immediate re-match following their tight encounter at the SSE Arena on Saturday night.
Hyland was given a split decision over the Dubliner, with two judges having it 117-110 and 114-113 for the Belfast man and one having it 115-112 for Ormond.
The early stages had been dominated by Hyland who had Ormond on the floor from a right hand at the start of the third.
But from the sixth round onwards he was largely outworked and in the final quarter tired badly as Ormond applied relentless pressure.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "The 117-110 scoring by one judge is a disgrace. I told Hyland and his team that I thought Ormond just edged it because of the last two rounds and most people seemed to agree.
"Because of that I would now like to see a re-match and I think also that Ormond proved he deserves another chance because he was fighting for his career in there."
Hearn also indicated that he was hoping Hyland would come through in order to set him up with a shot at British champion Lewis Ritson.
"The Ritson fight is there, that can happen, but first I feel that Hyland needs to come back and beat Ormond again and do it more convincingly.
"What Hyland did show is that he has a good chin and he can punch a bit.
"This was a big test for him and he came through but after about the eighth round he just stopped punching."
Cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy returned to the ring after 11 months and stopped Hungarian Peter Hegyes in the opening round.