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Two American bouts for Mayo boxer Moylette

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BOXING CLEVER Ray Moylette and trainer Martin Brennan. Pic: John Moylette

Daniel Carey

RAY Moylette flew to America yesterday (Monday) for two professional boxing matches, the first of which takes place this Friday, September 15.
The Islandeady man is targeting a title fight of some description by next March, and says he’s absolutely loving the pro’ game.
“It’ll be a busy couple of weeks ahead, but this is where I want to be,” he told The Mayo News on Friday.
The 27-year-old’s first bout is being promoted by New Yorker Lou DiBella, and is part of the undercard of a bill topped by his Celtic Warriors gym-mate Niall Kennedy, who’s bidding to win a New England title. It takes place at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut next Friday.
His second, set for Boston on September 30, is part of a show for American sports TV channel ESPN being promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy company and Murphy’s Boxing.
“We’re still progressing, we’re still learning ... ropes, and seeing where we’re at,” said Moylette, who’s won his first five professional bouts. “And by March, I’d hope to fight for a title over there – maybe a New England title or a North American title of some sort, just to get me on the ranking ladder, and I can push on then from there.”
The 2011 European senior amateur champion divides his time between Mayo – where he runs the Sting Ray Fitness Academy – and Dublin, where he trains with Steve Collins’s brother Paschal in the Celtic Warriors gym. He spends Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in his own Westport gym, and the middle of the week in Dublin. Tuesdays and Thursdays involve sparring as well as long, slow-intensity bike sessions which help him burn calories while sleeping. Wednesdays usually incorporate a long run and a high-intensity boxing session. “Down here [in Mayo], I’m either on the track or in my own gym, either working on my strength or on my endurance. My boxing skills are usually worked on in Dublin, and my own conditioning is worked on at home,” Moylette explains.
“I absolutely love it,” he said of the pro game. “I’m sparring eight to ten rounds now. It’s exciting. You get to know a lot about yourself or learn things about yourself when you’re put in situations that you’re not that comfortable in. Every day is an adventure.”
Moylette hopes to have a ‘7-0’ record by the time he returns home, and plans to box on two further occasions before the end of the year, when he will marry long-term girlfriend Sharon McGing. He says despite hearing warnings that professional boxing is full of ‘gangsters’ and ‘bad people’, his experience has been hugely positive.
“Everyone that I meet is trying to help me and they can’t do enough for me,” he insists. “They’re trying to put me in contact with someone who can help me, or get me onto this show or into this gym training, or improve my skills, or get me to meet the right people. Celtic Warriors gym [has been] very good to me as well – all the boxers and coaches can’t do enough for you.
“I’m coming from the cut-throat business of the high-performance [squad], where all the boxers were trying to take your place. You didn’t know whether you had a place on the team or not; you didn’t know whether you were going to be picked by Central Council or the trainers to go to the next competition. I just feel a lot more secure now and more comfortable  ... I’ve great peace of mind.”
A keen Gaelic football fan, Moylette attended the All-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Kerry and is ‘a small bit disappointed’ to be away for the final. But he’s sure that if Mayo win, the celebrations will still be in full swing when he returns home in early October!

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