BACK IN THE RING Ray Moylette and trainer Martin Brennan will be in Ipswich next Saturday night for Moylette’s latest professional fight. Pic: John Moylette
SUGAR Ray Moylette has left no stone unturned as he prepares for his tenth fight as a professional boxer next Saturday night in England.
The colourful Islandeady lightweight – boasting a perfect 9-0 professional boxing record since turning pro over a year ago – steps up to eight rounds for the first time against the experienced Mexican, Miguel Zamudio (40-11-1) at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich next weekend.
After that the Packie Collins-trained fighter is expected to have his maiden title shot on Saturday, June 23 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire.
Moylette, however, has his sights firmly fixed on next Saturday before his trip back to the States, fresh from a number of sparring sessions with three-time world champion Ricky Burns in the famous Matchroom Gym, London.
“I got on very well over there,” the 28-year-oald told The Mayo News.
“He’s much better than he looks on TV when you are in the ring with him. He’s very experienced and has great ring control.
“Now that I’m moving up to eight rounds, tactics come more into the fight. You’re trying to wear down your opponent, but to have enough energy to finish the fight strong and I definitely picked up a lot from Ricky.
“The tactics in professional boxing are fascinating, much different than when I was fighting three rounds. That was just an assault, go out and throw as many punches as you can, as hard as you can for as long as you can. Now I have to learn to be that bit more conservative.”
Moylette comes fresh off a convincing victory over rival Matt Doherty in Boston back in March.
Although he was disappointed that the knock-out never came, he feels the experience will stand to him.
“Looking back, I was impressed with the way I fought,” reflected the former World Youth Champion. “I had a slow start, mainly due to the fact I was the ‘swing bout’ on TV, so I had to warm up and then cool down probably five or six times.
“I was disappointed that people back home didn’t get the chance to see me, but people who did thought it was a very good performance on my behalf. I could have knocked him out in the last round, and if it happened again I would. That’s the belief I have.”
The Assassins Promotions fighter has now taken on an S&C coach and a body nutrition specialist in Castlebar man, John Carney, as he continues to climb the ranks.
Life for Moylette in the build-up to big fights can be ‘boring’ he admits, but the desire to fulfill his maximum potential in a relatively short time is what keeps him motivated.
Talks of a homecoming title fight in Mayo is a possibility in the near future, while his Stateside title fight on June 23 is ‘not wired in my itinenary yet’.
All eyes are firmly set on Miguel Zamudio.
“I thought that this would be an easy fight to get me up to eight rounds,” he said. “But as it happens this is going to be a lot tougher than I thought. He has 40 wins and fought for two World titles.
“But I’m not complaining. I’m at that level, and in order to get to the next level I need to be in the ring with these guys.
“This is not a game. It’s business, and the people I’m working with are putting money into me. “Obviously they don’t want to be putting money into a dud, so I need to prove my worth.”
For tickets or details on next Saturday’s fight in Ipswich, contact Martin on 087 1858020 or Sharon at 087 7665307.