A record six Irish fighters make their debuts in Dublin on Saturday night, but there is a seventh Irishman also making his pro bow this weekend.
Tucked away in Manchester, Dylan Moran will fight for the first time in the paid ranks.
The Waterford welter, alongside Tipperary heavyweight Con Sheehan [5(1)-0], will box at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in a four round contest.
Saturday wasn’t intended to be a debut date for Moran, who saw his initial coming out party last month delayed. Despite some initial disappointment, the Déise man has taken it all in his stride and is feeling even better ahead of his rescheduled start date.
“It was a headache at first,” Moran told Irish-Boxing.com. “But it is what it is.”
“I’m sure it will happen again, it’s part of the game.”
“It just gave me more time in the gym, I’m more excited now then I was previously as there’s been a bigger build up!”
The 23 year old, along with a whole host of Irish fighters, has signed up with Kieran Farrell. However, unlike the others, Moran has made the big move to Manchester where he is now trained by Farrell.
The move was a logical one for Moran who doesn’t do things half-heartedly.
The former kickboxing champ reasoned how “I think it’s one of them sports where it’s all or nothing.”
“I’ve a great team of people around me over here which makes it that bit easier. I’m only here for fight camps so no distractions.”
“I have the perfect set up to be fully focused on what’s ahead. It’s a great experience too.”
On Saturday Moran will be given a nice testing debut. Initially slated to face Nick Golubs, the Dungarvan boxer will now take on Chris Jenkinson [9(3)-45(7)-3].
Facing a noted upsetter, Moran is delighted to be starting off with a test and described how
“he’s a well seasoned pro, has a lot of experience, and it’s a big test for a debut – but I’m looking forward to it.”
“I don’t want to fight someone that’s just going to hold for four rounds. I’ve prepared for a competitive fight and Saturday night that’s what it will be.
A fighter who has promised excitement, Moran feels he is transitioning well.
“I’m settling in nicely to the pro style,” he stated before acknowledging that “I’ve still a lot to learn but that will come with the fights and experience.”
“Saturday night I’m going to feel this guy out for a round and then I’m bringing the fight to him.”
“I’m not going to chase the knockout – if it happens, it happens.”
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