Dylan Moran set to make Irish boxing history on August 8

Dylan Moran [13(6)-1(1)] will make Irish boxing history on August 8.

The PGP Boxing promoted fighter will become the first Irish professional to trade leather in Liechtenstein.

It’s a small piece of history for the welterweight, who has fought in Austria and Germany of late, but means his big cross roads clash will be delayed.

Before lockdown was enforced the 25-year-old had agreed to fight German Deniz Ilbay [22(10)-2(0)] in a ranking title fight.

It was hoped the Waterford fighter would go straight into that fight, but it appears it has been pushed back to when crowds can attend boxing again.

“I fight on August 8. I haven’t got the details yet, but I think the show is going to be on where I am living here in Liechtenstein,” Moran explained to Irish-boxing.com.

“I haven’t spoke about the opponent yet, but I’ll be ready whoever it is.”

The Ilbay fight may not be next, but it seems to be still on the cards.

“I would think so that’s a great fight,” Moran responded when asked about if that fight was still on the cards.

“I’m game and so is Dennis Ilbay, so I don’t see why it won’t happen. The WBC belt is what we would both be looking for, so I can’t see us going anywhere else.”

Again it’s not likely to be the potentially career changing fight Moran had lined up, but ‘The Real Deal’ remains happy to have a date.

Moran is the first Irish fighter to have a set official date since boxing shut down and he is grateful to have something to focus on.

He also suggests it vindicates his decision to leave American based Star Boxing for his new Liechtenstein base.

“The whole boxing world had come to a stop. It will be a long time before some lads get a date to fight again and I have one so I feel very fortunate to be honest.

“I have PGP to thank for that, they were in touch with me throughout the whole lockdown. Anything I needed I had and they said ‘the first chance we get we will have you back here with a fight date’ – and that’s exactly what they did.”

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