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‘Sugar Ray’ Moylette is ‘sweet’ on Villa Park return


A BUSY MAN Ray Moylette has the eighth fight of his professional career next Saturday night in Birmingham.


Ger Flanagan

ISLANDEADY’S ‘Sugar’ Ray Moylette has told fans to expect some ‘style’ as he continues his rise through the ranks of professional boxing with a showdown in Villa Park, Birmingham next weekend.
The Mayo lightweight (7-0) will have his eighth professional fight since March on Saturday next, October 28, in what will be his fourth and final time fighting for six rounds.
Speaking to The Mayo News as he made his way home from another training session in Celtic Warriors Gym with trainer Paschal Collins, Moylette revealed he was keen to try out new techniques.
“I’m looking forward to finishing off my last six rounder with a bit of style,” he said.
“People have seen me getting off the canvas and going to war, finishing fights early and finishing strong, so I just want to get out there now.
“I’ve been trying some new things in the gym, so I’m looking forward to trying those out.
“This is the time to be trying them, when the opponents are still at a level where I can do that.”
The former World Junior champion will fight on a Tommy Owens-promoted card at the home of famous English League soccer club, Aston Villa, with Moylette’s six-rounder acting as the chief support to the main event.
It will be Moylette’s second time fighting at the East Midlands venue, having boxed on a card put together by Martin Brennan and Paddy Farrell a number of years ago.
‘Sugar Ray’ admitted to having ‘fond memories’ of the place, recalling that boxing in front of such a boisterous crowd at the time had re-ignited his hunger for the sport, something which had dwindled in those days.
Since his professional debut, the popular Mayo man has fought five times on the east coast of the USA and his career has been fast-tracked by Assassin Promotions.
So much so that his impact has already led to fighters like Irish-American Matt Doherty looking to line up a potential shot at the former St Anne’s boxer.
“He is trying to build something up – and there is something going to come off it,” Moylette said sternly. “I’m going to fight over there [USA] again in March and I’m in a position now to fight for regional titles, so we’re gearing up towards that.
“I’m delighted he wants to fight me because it shows my name is out there and I’m obviously making noise with my boxing… I never even heard of him [Doherty, 7-3)”.
Moylette confirmed that he expects to enter the ring for a ninth time before the end of the year. Plus, with his marriage to Sharon McGing taking place in late December, he will then take a short break before a fight overseas.
He was also keen to give his loyal supporters a special mention.
“Thanks to everyone. They have travelled across the globe to see me fight.
“Next year I will only have four or five fights, this year I’ve had eight or nine, and people are trying to get to them all. It’s a lot harder to do that, but they are putting in a huge effort and I for one don’t expect it off them, but I really appreciate it.”

FOR information on how to get tickets to watch Ray Moylette box at Villa Park in Birmingham next Saturday, call 087 1858020.


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