HITTING BACK Ray Moylette of St Anne’s BC, Westport connects with his opponent, Michael Nevin, during Friday night’s National Elite Championships 64kgs semi-final at the National Stadium, Dublin.?Pic: Sportsfile
Moylette left heartbroken
Boxing star reflects on controversial defeat
RAY Moylette said he was ‘heartbroken’ after controversially losing the National Senior Elite Boxing Championship 64kg semi-final on a split decision last Friday.
“It’s like a bad dream,” the Islandeady man told The Mayo News last night (Monday). “I know it’s not the end of the world, but I feel I was cheated out of something that I deserved … I’ve a sick feeling inside … I gave it everything, and it didn’t count for anything … This is the worst ever.”
Moylette said he was ‘in shock’ when the judges’ 2-1 decision in favour of 19-year-old Portlaoise southpaw Michael Nevin was announced at the National Stadium.
“I felt I won it comfortably,” the St Anne’s, Westport clubman explained. “I was so confident of my own victory that there was no question in my mind [I had won]. And when I heard ‘on a split decision’, I was shocked that [they] even gave him a round. I was in the right corner, and I just blanked when I heard ‘blue corner’, because it was unbelievable.”
While admitting that he was very disillusioned about the result, the former European champion promised that we haven’t seen the last of him in the ring.
“I’m not thinking of jacking it in, because I love boxing, and my whole life has been spent boxing. But ... I trained very hard for this, and at the end of the day, no matter what you do, it’s out of your control.”
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