Paul Hyland Jnr got another solid six rounds under his belt at the Devenish Complex recently and now the Belfast boxer is closing in on an Irish title shot. Paul was thorough and controlled during his 60-54 domination of Yordan Vasilev and admitted his hands were aching post-fight due to the excessive hurt he had piled on poor Yordan.

“I enjoyed the six rounds, I felt fit and the same from start to finish,” said Hyland Jnr. “My fitness is dead-on but he was a tough guy and my left hand’s aching from the jabs. He took them all though so fair play. My jab set everything up and kept him at reach and he was trying to get me to rush in a bit with his taunting. I went in a couple of times and he took all I threw at him inside too. I just boxed and got the win comfortably.

“I was pushing him at the end and I couldn’t miss him with the jab, I hit him that much with it. I’m happy with my performance.”

Manager Mark Dunlop has proven that he can deliver for his fighters and help push them on to the next level. Paul is therefore leaving his destiny in the hands of MHD Promotions.

“Whatever Mark wants, I want too. I want to keep moving and stepping up because that’s how you get places. I want to fight as much as I can, whatever Mark can get for me. He promised me four fights again so if I get on any other bills I’ll take it. Soon enough I’ll be stepping it up. Mark said hopefully this year I’ll get an Irish title and whatever after that. If he gets me an Irish title then I’ll be ready. “

If that Irish title opportunity arrives there is no doubt that Hyland will be ready and so will his fervent group of diehard fans that pack the Devenish on each and every fight night.

“Thanks to everyone who came and bought tickets, they give me amazing support. I’m really grateful for that. You have to be able to sell tickets,” said Hyland Jnr.

Paul is already scheduled on BoxRec for his sixth fight. Abdon Cesar will be the opponent at the Andersonstown Leisure Centre on March 28 over eight rounds. An intriguing eight-round clash between undefeated duo James Fryers and Mark Morris is also down alongside a return for former light-middleweight Joe Hillerby boxing up at cruiserweight. James Tennyson headlines the enticing bill against Celtic champion Kris Hughes.

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