Popular Dubliner Jay Byrne has been a busy man this year. He’s already fought 6 times so far this year and has another bout lined up on the MTK Glasgow show on November 3rd.
While he’s been on the road, he’s gained valuable experience fighting on big Matchroom shows on Sky Sports against some of Eddie Hearn’s best talent. Byrne has shared the ring with the likes of Josh Kelly, Felix Cash and most recently Anthony Fowler. Byrne admits the fight with Fowler didn’t quite go according to plan –
“I dont know what happened really. I had no nerves going into the Fowler fight, I felt good, everything had gone well in Camp with Declan Geraghty Snr and the sparring was spot on. I was in with Sonny Upton and Ger Healy in the build up so I was really sharp. It’s just one of those things, I just froze a bit on the night.
” People were saying he (Fowler) must have hit hard, but he didn’t really. He changed his plan during the fight and caught me with some great body shots. He was more accurate than anything else and he’s obviously naturally a lot bigger. He’s a big natural middleweight whereas im a welterweight really moving up in weight.
Byrne has been on the road for most of the past year, but now he’s set his sights on some big domestic fights back home –
“I actually agreed to fight Noely Murphy last weekend on the Red Corner show, but it didn’t happen in the end. I’ve also been in talks 3 times now to fight Ger Whitehouse but for one reason or another that hasn’t happened yet.
“Personally, Id sign to fight Ger Whitehouse tomorrow. It’s a fight id be confident of winning. I respect all my opponent’s and anyone who gets in a ring, but I just feel Id have too much for Ger. I think im too big and physically strong for him, and I don’t think he could match my work-rate for 8-10 rounds. And with my experience over the past year I just think id have the edge over him.”
Byrne has also made some changes and recently parted company with Mark Dunlop as his manager –
” I have parted company with my manager Mark Dunlop now as well, and will be looking for a new management company but until then I will continue to manage myself. I would just like to thank Mark Dunlop for everything he’s done for me”
There’s no doubt ‘The Negotiator’ will be a welcome addition back on the domestic scene. With his exciting, all-action style and willingness to take on anyone, it can only be good news for Irish fight fans as Byrne sets his sights on domestic dust-ups.
* You can stay up to date with Jay Byrne on his page – https://www.facebook.com/JayByrneKO/