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Byrne has his eyes on the major Prize

For a professional boxer, the next bout is always the most important. For Dublin welterweight Dean 'The Lightning' Byrne, success in tonight's Prizefighter series in London is crucial.

Byrne (17-3-1, 6 KOs) fought his first six pro bouts in Australia. Then, he moved to Los Angeles, where he fought another six. Back in Ireland since 2010, things haven't worked out as he'd hoped.

In December 2012, he fought a cracking eight rounds with experienced Carson Jones, who'd lost on points to Kell Brook in London, which ended in a draw. Byrne (29) feels his performance scared prospective opponents. He could be right.

On February 1, he took a fight in Monte Carlo with Russian hot ticket KO specialist Roman Belaev and took him the distance. Now, Byrne hopes an impressive Prizefighter outing could help fast-track his world title ambitions.

"I know now that I can do 12 rounds with a world-class opponent," said Dean.

"I just need to stay busy. Prizefighter is an open field and I'm pretty confident. But I have to be smart and on my game. Over three rounds, I'll give anyone a tough fight. I have the tools and attributes to win Prizefighter.

"After people win Prizefighter, they go on to the big title fights," he added. "That's what I'm looking for. I'll be coming away with a win."


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