Dylan Moran [10(5)-1(1)] is planning to set up a breakthrough 2020 by finishing a disappointing 2019 with a win this weekend.
This year was meant to be the year the Waterford welter put himself on the map. After signing with US outfit Star Promotions he hap planned to start spreading the ‘Real Deal’ gospel Stateside and work his way toward big fights in the process.
However, defeat to Dennis Okoth in June kick started a rough six months for the 24-year-old.
Not only was his duck egg smashed on his American debut, but he was twice since denied the chance to put some daylight between himself and the defeat.
The frustration was added too by the fact comeback fights set for Mexico and Belfast were pulled at late notice.
The Deise fighter previously admitted it prompted some real periods of frustration. However, he finally has the chance to return to winning ways this weekend, an opportunity he is determined to grab to set up a big 2020.
Moran revealed getting his arm raised this weekend should allow him to announce some eyebrow raising news.
“It’s very important I end the year on a high. It’s important I come through Friday night and I’ll have some big news next week I can’t say anything yet but all going well 2020 is going to be my breakthrough year. I’m coming for the big names and big fights,” Moran told Irish-boxing.com
Big news pending or not, it’s still an important fight for Moran. He has had his patience tested and is has some frustration to unload.
“I’m very excited considering the wait and the let downs. I’ve been ready to fight and in training for ages Friday I get to put it all to use.”
To his credit the popular operator hasn’t sulked over the last six months. There were moments of despair, but they seemed to just motivate him to use his time to improve.
Moran has been travelling a lot and getting in some good sparring. Indeed, he spent the lead up into this camp in Liechtenstein of all places.
“I’ve been away training in Liechtenstein and we have been working on new stuff out there and Friday night I want to make sure I stick to what I’ve been practising. I’ve definitely benefited from the sparring and been away from home no distractions in a great environment learning and improving everyday .”
In typical 2019 fashion for the Slater Sports managed welter the lead into this fight hasn’t run too smooth.
The original York Hall opponent pulled out meaning Moran only knows he fights a game foe on Friday.
“The opponents a late replacement,” he explains.
“The original guy pulled out out today and this guy got on the phone saying he fancied it. I haven’t got a clue about him but I’m ready for whatever he brings.”