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Casey or Hyland are in line for Euro pop

A CRACK at the European super-bantamweight title could be on the cards for either of two Irishmen, Willie Casey or Paulie Hyland, later this year.

Promoter Brian Peters has won the purse bids for Kiko Martinez v Arsen Martirosyan for the title vacated by Rendall Munroe, and he could put it on in Ireland or in a Spanish bullring on a date yet to be decided.

"I would then be in a position to match the winner with either Casey or Hyland," said the Dunshaughlin publican.

Limerick's Casey, nicknamed 'Big Bang', was a surprise winner of the recent Prizefighter tournament in London after going in as a late substitute for injured Wayne McCullough.


Hyland, youngest of the three fighting brothers from Tallaght, has lost just one of his 18 fights and already holds the less valuable European Union title.

Spain's Martinez, painfully remembered by Irish fans for his one-round demolition of Bernard Dunne to take the European title at the Point three years ago, lost it to Rendall Munroe in his first defence.

Beaten again by Munroe in a return, Martinez has failed to live up to the high expectations, but he's still only 24 and has just three losses on his 25-fight record.

Martirosyan, a 33-year-old Armenian based in France, also lost to Munroe in a European title fight two years ago. He has 16 wins and three defeats.