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Hyland relishing step up against Ormond on Burnett card



Pushing on: Paul Hyland. Photo: Matt Mackey/Presseye.

Pushing on: Paul Hyland. Photo: Matt Mackey/Presseye.

Pushing on: Paul Hyland. Photo: Matt Mackey/Presseye.

Paul Hyland has been matched with Steven Ormond in a 10-rounder which is an entertaining addition to the World title clash between Ryan Burnett and Zhanat Zhakiyanov on October 21 at Belfast's SSE Arena.

Belfast man Hyland sparked his career into life in June when he knocked out Adam Dingsdale in the first round on the undercard of Burnett's IBF World bantamweight title victory over Bristol's Lee Haskins.

Now Hyland is taking a step up from Dingsdale by taking on Ormond, a gutsy Dubliner who also holds a win over Dingsdale.

"It's a brilliant match-up," said Hyland. "It's two of the best lightweights over here going head-to-head, both of us don't like being pushed back so I think we can expect fireworks and the winner will be on the doorstep of major belts going forward."

Ormond was last seen in Belfast in June at the Waterfront Hall when losing to Welshman Craig Evans.

Victory for Hyland would certainly push him into the British title mix and with another spot on Sky television he has the chance to raise his profile.

Tickets for the bill, which is expected to feature numerous local fighters, go on general sale next Wednesday priced at £33, £44, £65 and £105 from the SSE Arena Belfast at www.ssearenabelfast.com.

Belfast cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy is hoping that a deal can be secured for him to box on the show against unbeaten Luke Watkins.

Meanwhile, fellow Belfast man Anthony Cacace will return to action on September 9 at the National Stadium in Dublin.

Cacace suffered his first defeat as a professional last month when losing on points to Martin Ward in a British and Commonwealth super-featherweight title bout.

September and October are going to be busy months for local boxers as the Devenish is also staging a show featuring unbeaten Tyrone McKenna.

Belfast Telegraph