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Hyland eyes title eliminator after demolition job

By Steve Wellings

Paul Hyland Jnr improved his record to 14-0 after blitzing Karoly Gallovich on Saturday night.

Headlining at the Europa Hotel, Paul needed just 41 seconds of the first round to remove his Hungarian opponent and push closer to a crack at the British lightweight title.

Unbeaten Gallovich arrived with seven wins but was an unknown quantity. Hyland Jnr was in no mood to find out what he had to offer and landed a sharp uppercut early on that wobbled Gallovich, before a follow-up flurry decked him heavily.

Referee Hugh Russell Jnr counted him out, much to the delight of the home fighter's enthusiastic supporters.

"I'm surprised it didn't go a bit longer but the game plan was to work behind my right and he just walked on to the shot," said Paul. "Hopefully we can get this British title on track now. I'm confident I can beat whoever I fight."

Manager Mark Dunlop agreed that it is up to him to push his man into an eliminator but would like at least one more fight before stepping up to that level.

"I wouldn't mind getting Paul out again as quickly as possible," said Mark. "He's keen, can fill a hall and his dedication is why I'm willing to push him on."

Joe Fitzpatrick reckons he should be in line for an Irish title tilt by the end of the year if he keeps on winning. Joe was always the boss against Hungary's Tamas Laska, who came to survive and managed to see the contest to its conclusion.

Sole judge Russell Jnr rightly gave 'The Dragon' every round at 60-54. Fitzpatrick is hoping that get him on some big shows and BoxNation TV exposure over the coming year.

Feargal McCrory chalked up another win when opponent Gyula Tallosi was disqualified in the fourth round. McCrory dropped Tallosi in the first and third rounds respectively and the Hungarian was also docked a point in round two. His misery was compounded in the final session when Jason McKay finally threw him out.

Lynn Harvey took just 37 seconds to blast away Agnes Draxler. Dublin's Jay Byrne outpointed Sandor Jozsa 40-36. Ronnie Clark defeated Rafael Castillo 60-57.

  • Chris Eubank Jnr plans to fight again as soon as April, and again mentioned James DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders in his pursuit of a significant fight after the 27-year-old won the lightly-regarded IBO title via a 10th-round stoppage of Australia's Renold Quinlan in his first fight at super-middleweight on Saturday.

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