Dylan Moran reveals big Waterford Homecoming plans


A lot of boxers live in ‘the now’ and the obligatory ‘what’s next?’ question following a fight will be met with a ‘that’s up to my team’.

Dylan Moran [8(5)-0] is a bit different.

A fighter with real ownership over his career, the Waterford welter knows exactly what he’s doing and where he’s going.

Following a win on his TV debut on Friday night in Mayo, Moran wants to bring the cameras back to his home city.

“Tonight was a dream come true, a dream come true,” he told Irish-Boxing.com following his six-round points win over Nelson Altamirano at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, live on TG4.

“I used to sit in awe watching Bernard Dunne as a child, thinking ‘imagine me on the TVs around the country in Ireland’ and tonight it happened.”

“Big thanks to Kaz Evans, Conor Slater, TG4, and Assassin Boxing,” added Moran before revealing he and his team’s Déise plans.

‘The Real Deal’ is going to have a number of fights in Mexico, the U.S., and in England, before making a glorious homecoming next year.

Moran outlined how “I signed with Assassin a few weeks ago and our plan is, after some time off, I’m going to be built abroad in the new year, and we’re having a homecoming.”

“We’re replicating what happened in Mayo and we’re going to have a homecoming in Waterford City next September.”

“It is going to be massive, it is going to be a great night, and that’s what I’m working towards.”

Reflecting on his win over Altamirano, Moran noted how “tonight was all about getting the rounds in, that’s what it was all about, and it was a great learning fight.”

“I got to go through the motions. That guy was one tough guy, I landed on his chin I don’t know how many times. He earned his money tonight, much respect to Nelson.”

The Kilmacthomas 24-year-old went into rounds five and six for the first time in his pro career and looked comfortable, entertaining the crowd in Mayo.

Moran described how “we know we’re good in those rounds but it’s about showing other people that we are.

“It was really frustrating that people hadn’t seen what I’m able to do. most of my fights I didn’t get to do anything, we were barely getting warmed up and the fights were over. It was a bit ridiculous but it had to be done.”

“I’m glad all the knockouts happened but, now that we’re getting the rounds in, it’s great that people are able to see what I’m about.”

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie