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Nowhere to Hyde for Irish fighters


Mark Heffron

When Gary Hyde was told recently that he’d have television cameras at tonight’s Nowhere2Hyde pro event at the National Stadium, I wasn’t expecting them to be Argentinian.

But the creative Cork promoter has a global reach and getting his boxers seen in Argentina is more important than filling schedules in Ireland. With tough Argentine fighters involved in three feature bouts tonight, TV viewers are assured plenty of action.

“These are 50-50 fights,” enthuses Hyde.

“They’re going to test my boxers. Mark Heffron (8-0, 7KOs) might have the toughest job. He’s stepping up to eight rounds and Mateo Damian Veron (19-9-2, 3KOs) is both experienced and rugged. It’s a big ask for Mark.”

Veron stopped the durable Ramallo (who’s fighting Hassan tonight) to claim the interim WBC Latino super middleweight title in November.

Hyde’s French-based former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam meets Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo (15-4-1, 11 KOs).

Hassan, who outpointed Anto Fitzgerald in Spain in December, has been beaten just once in 29 fights. He’s won 17 by knockout. So both can bang.

The headline bout sees Congo cruiserweight Youri Kayembre Kalenga (18-1, 12 KO) in against Cesar David Crenz (21-7, 13 KOs).

“This is set to be an explosive fight,” says Hyde.

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