‘A side’ Ray Moylette will consider Joe Fitzpatrick Irish title fight if ‘decent offer’ is made

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Ray Moylette [11(4)-1] is open to trading leather with Joe Fitzpatrick [10(7)-0] for the Irish title, but is adamant he is the A side in any domestic lightweight fight and the offer should reflect that.

Moylette followed Gary Cully [9(4)-0] and became the latest of the four fighters called out by the Irish title hungry Belfast southpaw to respond to his name being dropped when speaking to Irish-boxing.com today.

The Mayo fighter hinted his name is being used in a bid to secure publicity, but did claim he is open to the fight.

Like Kildare’s Cully he points out that no offer has been put his way, suggesting that allows him to be skeptical as to whether or not Boxing Ireland and indeed ‘The Dragon’ really want the fight.

“If Joe Fitz wants a fight with me he has to get his team to make me an offer. I’m not on the moon and its easy to contact me if you really want me,” he told Irish-boxing.com.

“Joe needs me more than I need him. He’s off the booze now for a couple of weeks and he’s got a hard on for me and he thinks he deserves a title fight. I see he is mentioning that girl Cully too. I think it’s great what they are doing trying to get there names out there. I’ve had no offer for any fight.”

The Pascal Collins trained fighter has been looking at American options since teaming up with Murphys Boxing, but saw a Stateside fight with Monaghan’s Larry Fryers fall through last minute earlier this year.

He remains open to fighting at home and claims he would have no issue with fighting the Commonwealth Games silver medal winner.

Although, he states an offer, that he feels reflects his worth, would have to be put on the table for that fight to happen.

“A decent offer will only suffice. If it’s not a decent offer well then they don’t want the fight,” he told Irish-boxing.com before making the publicity point.

“Joe needs me more than I need him. He’s off the booze now for a couple of weeks and he’s got a hard on for me and he thinks he deserves a title fight. I see he is mentioning that girl Cully too. I think it’s great what they are doing trying to get there names out there. But as I said I’ve had no offer for any fight.”

Expanding on the decent offer point ‘Sugar Ray’, who like Cully and Fitzpatrick was a high profile amateur, possibly more so considering he won European honours in the vest, was keen to stress he would be the A side, not just against Fitzpatrick, but in a fight with any Irish lightweight.

Moylette argues, just as Fitzpatrick and Cully do, that he is the best at the weight and feels he is the bigger draw.

“Everyone knows what I bring to the ring. I would be the A side in any domestic fight. I bring the best quality to the ring while bringing the biggest support.”

The 28-year-old hasn’t fought since his defeat to Christian Uruzquieta, which played out live on TG4 and on the top of a sold out Castlebar bill, but warns Fitzpatrick and any prospective opponents he hasn’t been idle since that December 2018 fight.

“I have been out of the ring now for the last 10 months but don’t be fooled. I’m living the life and sparring at a very high level.”

It has to be noted that as BUI Celtic Champion, a status earned by Fitzpatrick with victory over Iago Barros on the top of Celtic Clash 9, the Belfast fighter is Irish title pole.

The easy on the eye strap gives him Irish title mandatory status so in that regard there is no way to the green belt but through him.

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com