August 18 Jonny Stapleton
Irish senior champion Ross Hickey is willing to battle it out with European Champion Ray Moylette for the light welterweight place on the Irish team to compete in the World Championships in Azerbaijan in September.
The Grangecon Club claims he has done everything possible to book his place on the plan to Baku having added box of victory to the Senior title he won earlier in the year, but is willing to fight Moylette for right of passage to the Worlds, which double up as an Olympic qualifier this year.
Indeed, Hickey, who will fly out to Italy with the Irish squad for a training camp a day before the team will be officially announced on Saturday, was named boxer of the tournament in this years Seniors, but some believe he lost World Championship pole when he pulled out of this years Europeans for work reasons.
Moyellte filled the void and grabbed his chance with both gloves winning gold and earning a seeded spot in the World Championships, if selected.
“I did what I had to do. Fair play to Upton he is a good boxer and he gave me a good fight. He was very sharp. I was expecting him to be that fast. I got back to my boxing eventually and I am happy with the win,” Hickey said of the box off final.
“I don’t know if I am going to picked for the Worlds but I did all I could I do. I don’t what is happening now. All I could do was focus on winning these box offs and I did that.
If it came down to me and Ray having to fight I am open to that. I will always fight. If the coaches and team are thinking. I wanted to win the box offs and I achieved that we will have to see from here,” he added before discussing his form at present.
“I am flying at the moment. I was raring to go and itching to get in the ring. I have the hunger back and I think I am in better form now than I was in the Seniors. I just focused on going out and boxing. That is what I am good at not talking. I did all I could do. I went out there and won every fight.”