Moylette keeps Olympic dream alive
Mayo’s Ray Moylette may have left it late in the final round of today’s Last 64 fight in the World Boxing Championships in Azerbaijan, but he has kept his Olympic dream alive.
The Islandeady light-welterweight was 8-7 down going into the final round against Latvian Artus Ahmetous but turned on the style in the final round, winning it 9-3 to secure a 16-11 win and a place in Sunday’s Last 32 clash.
If Moylette makes it to the quarter-finals of the tournament in Baku he will secure a place at next year’s Olympic Games in London.
Speaking to The Mayo News earlier this week, Moylette said he was taking it one fight at a time and was fully focused on today’s fight.
“It’s dangerous to take your eye off the job in hand. I’m focused completely on Friday and I can’t wait for it to get started now. The first fight is often the worst because you are just waiting and waiting to get going.”
Moylette (21), who is fourth seed at light-welterweight by virtue of his European Championship victory last June and World Juniors gold in 2008, will be hoping to improve from here.
Moylette will box Manoj Kumar of India on Sunday. Kumar is not ranked in the Top 54 in the world - Moylette is ranked sixth - but could still be a tricky customer after his victory over Valentino Knowles from the Bahamas. Knowles is ranked 25th in the world.
Moylette’s win maintains the unbeaten start by the ten strong Irish boxing team in Azerbaijan.