Undefeated lightweight Paul Hyland Jnr. [4-0] has big plans for the coming year. The Belfast man has identified IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton’s continuing success as being both beneficial to Ulster boxing as well as a huge motivator.
Speaking to the Belfast Newsletter, Hyland Jnr. said that “it was great to see Carl win the world title and it is great for boxing here that he got his World title”.
Noting the rude health of Ulster boxing with Conlan, Cacace, McCullough et al. he continued: “all the other guys are going well as well.”
Seeing these shining examples Hyland Jnr. believes that “it is a case of – if they can do it, then hopefully we can as well” and that he and his team “are all working away and trying to get to their level in the years ahead”.
When looking ahead to the next year, the young Belfast man has declared “I was busy in 2014 with four fights and I want to be busy in 2015 and keep on winning”
The 24 year old’s immediate attentions are focused on the Devenish Complex in Belfast where he steps between the ropes for his fifth professional fight on February 7th. Hyland Jnr. will be topping the bill for the first time in his career and will face experienced Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev over six rounds.
Describing the task Vasilev presents and his preparations for the bout, Hyland Jnr. elaborated that “he has won a few fights and he will bring me a fresh challenge” and that “it is great to be fighting again in Belfast and everything is going well in preparation for the fight.”
Having previously said that he is targeting an Irish title by the end of the year, 2015 looks like it will be a busy one for Hylo.