Eddie Hearn watched from ringside as ‘Hylo’ claimed three wins on three Matchroom shows last year – including a particularly impressive first-round stoppage of Adam Dingsdale.
This though is apparently a curse as well as a blessing for the British title chaser, with Dunlop claiming that Hearn is afraid of matching champion Lewis Ritson [13(7)-0] with Hyland.
It looks a clash that would work well for the Summer especially if Hearn does return with Ryan Burnett. The promoter has worked with Dunlop in filling Burnett’s past two undercards, while Hyland has been exposed to the Sky audience, does tickets, and is prime placed for a tilt.
However, Dunlop still feels the need to try and force the popular puncher toward mandatory status fearing Matchroom won’t voluntary defend against the unbeaten fighter.
As a result, he has matched the Lagmore lightweight with two-time BBBoC Southern Area champ Floyd Moore [15(9)-6(3)-2] in a twelve rounder on the April 14th ‘Collision’ card at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Dunlop feels the winner will get a shot at the British title, which Ritson defends against Joe Murray on Sunday February 25th.
Dunlop claimed that “Paul knows that Matchroom are avoiding him after signing new British Champion Lewis Ritson on a promotional deal and granting a voluntary defence to Manchester’s Joe Murray even though Murray withdrew from a BBBofC ordered eliminator with Ritson last year and despite Eddie Hearn mentioning the Belfast lightweight several times for a shot at the British or Commonwealth lightweight titles.”
Considering the lay of the land in terms of Riston and the title Hyland has his sights set on, Dunlop has moved to bring in a fighter whose standing can open doors – but one who he believes has the punching power to close them too.
“Moore is very exciting and always comes to fight and believes with nine wins by knock out that he only needs one clean punch to earn a victory over Hyland Jnr.”