Paul Hyland Jr has outgrown Ireland claims manager Mark Dunlop.
Indeed, the Belfast promoter is targeting a British title shot for his charge by the end of 2016, and believes a clash with Matchroom’s current British champion, Scotty Cardle, would be a good match-up.
“By the end of 2016 I would be disappointed if we didn’t have an Intercontinental title for Paul, maybe a British title shot,” Dunlop told Irish-boxing.com
“That Scotty Cardle kid would be a good fight for him. He needs to get more experience and needs to box more, but we can all see he has the heart, guts and determination.”
Hyland has been a pro for just 18 months by has racked up a 9-0 record. 2015 saw him fight five times, one of which was a bill topper in the Europa Hotel, and three of which were all-action crowd-pleasing battles.
The Belfast 25 year old hasn’t fought Irish opposition in that year and a half period, but Dunlop believes the lightweight, who fights again on February 6, is best served going the British route.
Speaking after Hyland Jr extended his unbeaten record by outpointing Virgile Degonzaga on the Cyclone Promotions promoted ‘All On The Line’ bill last Friday night, Dunlop said,
“There is no one else left in Ireland for this kid. He is in the top 10 in Britaon now. This fight was his fifth fight this year and his fourth against a fighter with a winning record. He has fought undefeated fighters and no disrespect to anyone else this fight was always going to be one of the fights of the night. I could get 10 handy knock outs for this kid if he wants, but he wouldn’t learn anything that way. After Christmas there will be bigger things happening for the stable and this kid will be moving along with it all.”