Paul Hyland highlights potential with classy victory over Joe Beedon at Holiday Inn

Eamonn Magee and Zoltan Horvath
Eamonn Magee and Zoltan Horvath
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Paul Hyland jnr looked the business as he strutted his stuff at the Holiday Inn in Belfast on Friday night.

The Belfast lightweight was in top form as he took apart and beat Joe Beedon 40-36 over four rounds at the Belfast venue.

Hyland had a solid amateur career and he looks to have brought those skills to the professional ranks as he out-boxed and out thought Beedon.

In the first round Hyland - in only his second professional fight - started well and used his jab and reach to push the more experienced Beedon back.

It was more of the same in the second as Hyland used his jab to punish and frustrate Beedon. A good round from the young gun and that jab could become a weapon.

That jab was again to the fore in the third as Beedon struggled to cope with the accuracy of Hyland’s left hand.

Hyland continued to use his jab in the fourth, dominating the round on his way to victory.

Hyland was pleased with the win against the dangerous Beedon.

“It was good to get the rounds and I thought I boxed well. The jab worked well and it was good to win my second fight as a professional,” he said.

“He was short so I had to adapt to that but it was a good display and I will move on from here.

“Beedon is a tough guy and he has stopped a few people so I had to be careful but I got the job done.”

Eamonn Magee jnr got his professional career off to a flying start as he stopped Zoltan Horvath in the second round of their contest.

The first round was a cagey affair but Magee shows signs of quality with the work he was doing and Horvath looked like he knew he was in for a tough night.

In the second Magee opened up and had Horvath in all sorts of trouble before his rival hit the canvas.

He rose after the eight count - but the writing was on the wall and Magee finished the job after 1.06 of the round.

“I was pleased to get the job done. It was good to get the win because he is hard to stop and he is a tricky customer,” said Magee

“The corner told me to keep it long. I did that and then caught him and his legs buckled. Once his legs buckled I went in for the kill and got the job done.

“I want to stay busy and move up the rankings. I enjoyed it in there and there is more to come in the future.”

Willie Thompson and Liam Griffith fought out a great contest and both men had their moments but Thompson came out on top winning 40-36 on the scorecard.

And now Ballyclare lad Thompson says the Irish title is on his mind.

“I fought for the Irish title a while back and I was robbed. I thought I won it that night but now I am back and I want that Irish title. I will leave it up to my team but that is what I want,” he said.

“I was pleased with the result tonight but I was rusty after being out of the ring for so long. I found it difficult to find my range - but I will improve and get better.

“I want that Irish title and it is great to be back,” he added.

Ciaran Bates had a great start to his professional career as he stopped Mihaly Szalontai in the first round.

Bates hit his opponent with several shots before the referee jumped in to stop the contest.

“It all went well and it was good to get the stoppage. I will move on from here and see where I end up. I loved it in there and cannot wait to get back in the ring,” said Bates.

There were all also points wins on the night for Alfredo Meli, Luke Keeler and Kenneth Odeke.