Paul Hyland Jnr is confident that he can claim the European lightweight title in Milan on Friday night, and push his career to the next level. Champion Francesco Patera -a Belgian road warrior who defeated Lewis Ritson for the vacant belt- is a formidable proposition at this level, but Hyland has put in the hard yards behind the scenes.
“We’ve touched down in Milan in the sunshine, and it’s brilliant a beautiful city. I’ve had a long hard camp, and I’m ready to win this,” he said.
“It’s every boxer’s dream to fight for European titles at this level, and have big fights at this level. It’s going to propel me on to world title shots, which every boxer wants to fight for. It’s going to set me up for the rest of my life for big fights.”
Hyland Jnr has a proven track record of shifting tickets in his native Belfast. Around 30 or 40 of his ardent fans have made the trip over to Italy to cheer their man on in the Allianz Cloud Arena on a show running as part of Matchroom’s ambitious promotional expansions.
“I’m very thankful for everyone coming over; we’ve sold a good few tickets, and I’m thankful for everyone taking time off work and spending their hard-earned money in Milan.”
Currently boasting a record of 20 wins against one defeat, that single loss came at the dynamite fists of the aforementioned Ritson in June of 2018. Hyland, 29, says he learned lessons from that loss, and is striving to put things right against tough Patera. Paul already envisions himself as the new king of Europe.
“I can only see it one way – my way. And the new.”