Having seen three fight dates in Ireland fall through, the Waterford welter finally got to box on home soil in March. The only problem was, no one got to see.
Right in the middle of Storm Emma, Moran featured on the Ireland’s Last Man Standing card at the National Stadium. His fans were all stranded in Waterford while his Manchester coach Kieran Farrell (and his fight gear) were unable to make the trip across the Irish Sea.
So, with Phil Sutcliffe covering in the corner and in an old pair of amateur shots, Moran got the job done in quick fashion versus Gyula Rozsas.
Now he has begun preparations for a bigger and better ‘homecoming’ and will fight in his first six rounder on the inaugural JB Promotions card at the National Stadium on July 7th.
There’s been a change too. For this camp, rather than training with manager Farrell in Manchester, Moran will be based at home in Waterford.
“I decided to train at home for no other reason than a change,” he explained to Irish-Boxing.com.
“I had started back training here and was loving it, feeling good and happy, so I said ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’.”
“I flew over to Kieran and we both decided it’s a good choice, I’m just grateful to have the choice of Ireland and England I have a great set-up and some top people around me.”
Approaching the anniversary of his professional debut, Moran notes how “it’s been a fast year full of ups and downs but I’m 5-0 at the end of it which is a great position to be. I learned loads and ready for the year ahead.”
Dealing with uncertainty is one thing which Moran has gotten plenty of experience of and, recalling his last Dublin fight night, he noted how “the weather really messed that up, we got the win, but the whole set up was a disaster.”
“The fight was on, the fight was off, it was nothing like we had planned the homecoming to be.”
“I’m planning on this fight making up for it really looking forward too it.”
This fight will see him make the move to six rounders but, while there are a number of early-career all-Irish clashes slated for the bill, Moran has a slightly more traditional view.
He still wants to be progressed quickly but the Déise 23-year-old wants his first domestic bout to be a huge one.
Moran described how “I’m looking forward to the six rounds, it’s what I will be training for in camp so come fight night I won’t have a problem with it.”
“I’ve wanted a step up from day one but you soon learn that there’s a right and a wrong way of doing it in this game but that’s up to my manager, I’ll fight anyone.”
“Domestic fights are great and I definitely want to be involved in them but I’d like to have a big build up to a good competitive 50/50 fight and get the boxing fans talking – until that fight pops up, I’m just going to continue working hard .
“I’ve got my eye on all the welterweights.”
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