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Moylette ready to fight back again

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Ray Moylette is pictured getting up close and personal with opponent Jason Conroy during last weekend’s National Elite Championship 64kgs quarter-final.
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Ray Moylette is pictured getting up close and personal with opponent Jason Conroy during last weekend’s National Elite Championship 64kgs quarter-final. Pic: Sportsfile

Moylette is ready to fight back


Mayo boxer takes on old rival in semi-final

Mike Finnerty


ISLANDEADY boxer Ray Moylette marked his return to big-time action with a victory in the National Elite Championship quarter-final last weekend — and he now has his sights set on a rematch with old foe Ross Hickey.
Moylette (24) hammered out a unanimous decision over Dubliner Jason Conroy to move to within two wins of adding to the Elite belt he won in 2010.
He will now take on Ross Hickey for a third time in the semi-finals of the National Elite Championships next Friday.
Their head-to-head record currently stands at one win each; the St Anne’s boxer beat Hickey in a controversial World Championship ‘box off’ back in 2011 but Moylette lost a National Elite Final to his Grangecon opponent in 2013.
“I was happy with the performance,” Moylette told reporters after his quarter-final win.
“It wasn’t easy on the eye but we’re here to get a job done, not to make friends.
“I’m glad to get the win under my belt,” said the 2008 World Youth champion.
“I’ll meet Ross Hickey next. It’s good to have a derby to keep things fiery.”
“It should be good, looking forward to it,” added Hickey, a four-time Elite champion.
Ray Moylette’s trainer, Martin Brennan, thinks the time is right for the Mayo boxer to progress to the final.
“I feel he’s ready. He’s fresh, hungry and in the mood at the right time. I’m confident that he can beat Hickey and reach the final,” Brennan told The Mayo News,
Meanwhile, Katie Taylor’s injury-enforced withdrawal from the National Elite 60kgs final has denied Geesala boxer Louise Donohoe the opportunity to take on the Olympic champion in the decider.
However, Taylor’s decision now leaves the 60kg division open for dispute between Donohoe and Debbie O’Reilly (Olympic BC, Galway).
Elsewhere, Elaine Harrison of Ballina boxing club will step into the ring against European silver medallist Kristina O’Hara (Belfast) in the semi-final of the Elite championship next Friday evening at 7pm in the National Stadium.
Waiting for the winner of that bout will be Ciara Smyth (Cavan)  in the final. The Ballina competitor has been boxing since 2009 and is last year’s Intermediate Irish champion.
The finals will be held on January 23 and 24.

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