READY FOR ACTION ‘Sugar Ray’ Moylette is pictured before the ‘Homecoming’ fight in Castlebar last December. Pic: Michael McLaughlin
WITH ‘Sugar Ray’ Moylette making his much anticipated return to the boxing ring next Friday night in Boston, the Islandeady native admits he is fighting for his boxing future.
Moylette (11-1) is going head-to-head with Monaghan’s Larry Fryers (10-1) for the New England Super Lightweight title, in what is expected to be a riveting all-Irish title fight in the Encore Boston Harbour casino.
‘Sugar Ray’ is making his return after his hugely exciting, but ultimately disappointing ‘Homecoming’ fight against Mexican Christian Uruzguieta and is hoping this bout will relaunch his career.
“In retrospect, I’m fighting for my future in Boston,” he told The Mayo News last week. “This is a career defining fight for me, not because of the opponent but because of the circumstances and the situation and the timing of it. I’m coming back off a loss, I’m fighting for a contract in Boston, and I’m trying to rebuild myself here.
“He [Fryers] has 10 wins and one loss – a very good record – but for me to be able to move on, and to really believe I have a future in boxing, and in making it to the top, I do need to be beating the likes of these guys.
“No disrespect to Larry or anything, but his skill level isn’t what mine is, but I know he has a lot of other good attributes. But I should be getting over this line.”
Moylette is making the step up to to Light Welterweight to fight Fryers – who fights out of New York. The fight is under the ‘Murphy’s Boxing’ card and will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Whilst it was expected that Moylette would return to the ring with a couple of warm-up fights after the first professional defeat of his career, when the call came from promoter Ken Casey to co-feature on this major card, it was an opportunity he couldn’t let go.
“Originally I would have said that without doubt that is what’s going to happen,” the Packie Collins trained fighter said. “But there were complications with the paperwork over the last couple of months and that put a delay into everything, so when that got cleared up there wasn’t time for a warm-up.
“But I was training away in the background, keeping my head down, so when the call came from Ken Casey of Murphy’s Boxing about this big show in a new casino in Boston, saying he wanted entertaining fighters, people who could capture the imagination of the crowd and to create some fireworks more than anything, I was delighted with the chance.
“There’s massive investment gone into this casino and this is the first ticketed event, so it will go down in history. I’m going out there to put on a good show and impress the crowd and if all goes well it’s nearly guaranteed I’ll be back there again.”
Moylette is due to fly out to Boston this morning (Tuesday) with the fight taking place on Friday night, July 12.
‘Lethal’ Larry Fryers has been sparring the likes of former World champion Chris Algieri in advance of this clash, while Moylette traded leather with former UFC star Artem Lobov, who recently beat former World boxing champion Paulie Mallinaggi in the Bare Knuckle Championship.
It’s been a long road since his last fight, and Moylette was fulsome in his praise for the support he received.
“I’ve seen more support than ever since my defeat in Castlebar and I’m really grateful for that,” he said. “It was easy to throw me to the curb after it but people didn’t do that; they welcomed me with open arms and I’m in a great position, both mentally and physically, right now.
“There’s a lot riding on this fight for me, but I’m not putting myself under any pressure. I’m delighted to get this opportunity and to get straight back into another title fight.”