‘They don’t mess around’ – Dylan Moran admits pressure to perform for new promoters

Dylan Moran [10(5)-0} admits there is pressure to prove American fans and more importantly his new American promoters he comes as advertised.

The welterweight prospect, who penned an agreement with notable American promoter Joe DeGuardia and joined the New York based Star Boxing stable back in February, will finally make his American debut in Upstate New York tomorrow (Friday) and admits there is pressure to perform.

That pressure comes from the popular Waterford fighter, himself as well as his new promoter.

The 24-year-old believes first impressions count and a good performance on Friday could prove life changing, while DeGauardia previous told Irish-boxing.com that they would test their new charge from the get go.

“These guys are business men and don’t mess around or waste time, so I’m gonna be tested this weekend. They want to see if I’m what I’m supposed to be. I’ve put the work in and I’m ready,” Moran told Irish-boxing.com.

Picked by the promotional outfit to provide Moran with that test is Dennis Okoth, the Munster man will be expected to beat the Kenyan, but his opponent has upset previous as is by all accounts always game.

“I am fighting Dennis Okoth. He is a rough and tough guy. He jumped in with some really good guys early in his career and caused an upset or two. He comes to fight I’m sure he wants this belt as much as I do him.”

The stakes have never been higher for the Deise talent and that excites. Moran welcomes the pressure as proof he is progressing and is living his childhood dream.

“There is added pressure this time round but I don’t leave it get to me. I’ve been training for this since I’m a kid. I have been hoping this day would come and it’s arrived and it’s time to make the most of it,” he adds before revealing he has been rejoicing in his first American fight week.

“It’s fight week now and there’s nothing like it. It’s been a long time coming and it’s here now so I’m just soaking it all in and enjoying it.”

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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