PAUL Hyland Jr has been denied the chance to make a statement of intent in just his fourth pro bout, but takes solace from the fact he is one prospect Michael Mooney doesn’t think he can derail.
Journey man Mooney was set to fight the Belfast lightweight on the back of victories over perceived prospects Billy Morgan and Sam O’Maison the second of which came via a second round TKO. However, rather than coming to Belfast full of confidence the ‘Mad Man’s’ team have elected against traveling at all, not keen to put their man in against the 24 year old.
The mini streak has moved Mooney up to 18 in the British Rankings and it seems he was afraid to risk that ranking against ‘Hylo’ on the Night of Champions card set for October 4.
Hyland is obviously frustrated he lost the chance to jump up the rankings, but has taken what positives he can from the fact he frightened team Mooney.
“Unfortunately Mooney has pulled out of the fight. I know it would have been a good fight and I know I would have beaten him. I’ve trained hard for it and was looking forward winning and moving up the rankings.
“He said he’s doesn’t want to take me on because he doesn’t want the risk the run he is on or his improved ranking. It is disappointing, but at least they respected me as a fighter!”
Respected journeyman Andy Harris has been drafted in as a replacement. The English fighter brought Iaasca Dogboe the distance in the Waterfront Hall earlier this year and will most likely ensure much desired rounds for Hyland.
“Mark (Dunlop) has got a new opponent. I don’t know too much about him, but I’m comfortable with whoever I’m in with because I’m confident. I know when I train hard I can beat whoever is put in front of me. Training has been very good lots of running and sparing done with Tyrone McCullough, Tyrone McKenna, Mark Morris, Darren Pollock and a few others. I’m just looking at the early stages to get as much rounds in as possible and get comfortable with the style of boxing so if this guy is tough that’s fine by me.”