Boxer Byrning it at both ends

by Gazette Reporter

JAY Byrne will add some Dublin flavour to a Belfast boxing card this October.
The Loughlinstown novice who thrilled crowds on his professional debut in the National Stadium in June, will box on the MHD Promotions show at the Devenish Venue on Saturday October 8th, just a few days after his 30th birthday.
However, the Enniskerry FC player manager doesn’t want to hang around, and he looks certain to fight on a yet to be officially confirmed fight night in the National Stadium on September 17.
Indeed, such is his ticket selling capabilities, he may also be asked to return to the home of Irish boxing for a proposed November 5th show.
That run of bouts could see the Eddie Hyland and Tommy McCormack trained fighter push to 4-0 within five months of making his debut.
He won’t admit it but in the current climate, if he then manages to squeeze in an eight round contest early next year he will be in Irish title contention.
“I’m buzzing about October 8th to be honest. It’s great to get the chance to fight in Belfast. I have been really looking forward to boxing on Mark Dunlop’s show,” Byrne said.
“It’s an honour to be a part of another promotional companies show and I will not let Mark or the people that travel to see me down. I’m also hopeful that the proposed September show in Dublin goes ahead. If it does then hopefully I can get a nice run of fights.
“I’m talking to Red Corner about
November 5th in Dublin as well, so could be four fights before Christmas, which would be great and a great start to the career.”
Boxing is not the only sport Byrne is involved in, nor is it the only thing that keeps him busy. Byrne oversaw promotion and Tom Cullen Cup success last year as player manager of Enniskerry, and has added the role of director of football for the season ahead.
So while preparing himself for fights,
he has also been preparing his players for the new challenges ahead. All this while trying to virtually run a club and set-up structures to ensure Enniskerry continue to progress.
“Since the last fight I have been really busy with my Job at Enniskerry YC AFC
as well as been Director of Football and first team manager.”

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