Paul Hyland aims to continue impressive record with win over Adam Dingsdale

Pádraig Ó Meiscill

PAUL Hyland takes on Adam Dingsdale for the right to wear the IBF Eastern/Western Europe Lightweight belt on the undercard of tonight’s billing at the Odyssey Arena.

Belfast fighter Hyland will go head-to-head with Englishman Dingsdale for the vacant title. ‘Hylo’ was last in action on St Patrick’s Day, when he took a points decision against Peter Cope in London’s York Hall.

Before that, the now 15-0 fighter was impressive in stopping Karoly Gallovich in a headline billing at Belfast’s Europa Hotel.

Hyland broke into BoxRec’s British top 10 when he stopped the previously unbeaten Gallovich with a bone-shattering upper cut that left the visitor flailing.

After that February fight, the Belfast man, who also works as an electrician, expressed how keen he was to crack on with his boxing career.

“I’d take anybody on, anybody who is put in front of me I’ll fight them,” Hyland said.

“I’d love a crack at [Scott] Cardle, he has a one more defence to win the belt outright so he’ll probably take a handy fight. I want to kick on now. I want to start pushing on to fighting for titles.”

Dingsdale, from St Helen’s on Merseyside, has a 16-3-1 record and describes himself as a “busy, all-action boxer”. He will certainly need to get busy at the Odyssey tonight if he is to deny Hyland in front of his home fans.


IBF Bantamweight World Championship: Lee Haskins (England) v Ryan Burnett (Belfast); IBF Eastern/Western Europe Lightweight Championship: Paul Hyland Jr (Belfast) v Adam Dingsdale (England); WBA International Superfeatherweight: James Tennyson (Belfast) v Ryan Doyle (England); Irish Cruiserweight Championship: Ian Tims (Clondalkin) v Luke Watkins (England); Cruiserweight Championship: Mike Perez (Cork) v TBC; Superfeatherweight: Feargal McCrory (Coalisland) v Paul Holt (England); Welterweight: Mattew Wilton (Belfast) v William Warburton (England); Featherweight: Tyrone McCullagh (Derry) v TBC; Paddy Gallagher (Belfast) v Craig Kelly (Scotland); Seán McGee (Waterford) v Jules Phillips (England); Pádraig McCrory (Belfast) v Jacob Lucas (England); Seán McGoldrick (Newport) v Ricky Starkey (Liverpool).


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