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Moylette’s coach confident ahead of big fight


READY FOR WAR Martin Brennan, long-term coach of Ray Moylette, is pictured at last week’s open workout in Celtic Warrior Gym, Dublin, where Moylette trains.

Ger Flanagan

WITH less than three weeks to go until Ray Moylette steps into the ring for ‘The Homecoming’ in the TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar, his long-term coach Martin Brennan says that mentally and physically Moylette ‘is as good as I’ve seen him’.
The well-known Westport native has been in ‘Sugar Ray’s’ corner since the very beginning of his career, travelling to all corners of the globe, which saw the Islandeady native taste World and European success.
But in that success there has been much disappointment, most notably when Moylette’s Olympic dream ended back in 2016. And as the December 7 battle with Mexican Christian Uruzquieta approaches, Brennan is quick to remind Moylette of that ‘anti-climax’ feeling.
“We were in this position before with all the hype when we were trying to qualify for the Olympics,” he told The Mayo News. “I keep reminding him what it felt like after the loss and not making it to the place he was dreaming about for so long. It was a terrible, terrible feeling and it took Ray a long time to get over that.
“But he’s in a great position now for a World title fight and we’ve got to take this guy on who wants to be in the top 15 of the world just as much as us. But Ray is in a great place both mentally and physically right now.”
As of last week Brennan revealed that a ‘guaranteed 1500 tickets’ were sold for the fight, with the remaining 500 set to fly for a bumper card that also features the likes of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, Roy Sheahan, Dylan Moran and Luis Garcia.
“This will 100 percent be a sold-out show and the atmosphere is going to be fantastic,” Brennan said.
Over the last number of weeks Brennan has watched Moylette spar the likes of former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and Irish Olympian John Joe Nevin and was more than happy with what he saw.
“He’s [Ray] as good as I’ve ever seen him,” he revealed. “Crolla is a class act and Ray had eight rounds, three weeks in a row with him, and there was nothing between them. They [Crolla’s camp] were really impressed with him.
“John Joe Nevin was up in the gym last week. I thought he was one of the best amateurs we have had in Ireland, of all time. They had a fantastic six-rounder, there was nothing between them, real tactical stuff.
“They hadn’t seen each other in about four years which was fantastic, but the pleasantries were gone when they stepped into the ring – the whole gym stopped to watch it.”
A win for Moylette ‘is a must’ according to Brennan, who says this is another step in their original ‘four-year plan’ which will end in a World title fight.
“He cannot lose,” he candidly admitted. “If we win this, we’re in the top 15 in the world and, hopefully, we’ll be looking at a European title fight next year some time – it’s a gradual stepping stone of the four-year plan.
“It’s all or nothing, but he has given it a savage six-months and he’s in a great place. It’s a 50/50 fight, but I think with the home support we have that little advantage going into the last two or three rounds where I think he will take over and show his bit of class