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‘I’m going to get my shot in 2021’ – Moran to finish ‘gutter’ climb this weekend

Dylan Moran [15(8)-1(1)] suggests his gutter climbing days come to an official end in Spain tomorrow night.

Moran has bounced back admirably from one in ring set back and a number of out of the ring business knocks to become one of Ireland’s busiest pandemic punchers.

Record a win in Alicante on Saturday night and Waterford fighter is confident he will get his breakthrough chance in 2021.

There is still someway fighting to be done before he reaches the top of the roof, but he expects to be in fights that can propel him further up the ladder next year.

“Come through this weekend – and I’m not looking past this challenge – then I want the big fights.

“I’ve jumped through all the hoops and come up through the gutter in this boxing game, but I’m here now and I know I’ll get my shot.

“There’s lots of things happening at the moment so exciting times ahead.”

The Deise favourite is non committal when pushed on specifics with regard to those exciting times.

The Conor Slater advised welter has been linked to a ranking title fight with German Deniz Ilbay, but claims he has options.

“I haven’t taught about names or routes at the moment there’s stuff in the works for me in England and Germany.

“It’s all taking a while over this pandemic but in the new year I’ll have to make a decision on what route I want to go just blessed to have these options.”

“I can’t say much but I know I’m going to get my shot in 2021 and there’s some big nights ahead for Dylan Moran.

“I haven’t even got started yet!”

To make sure he does get those targeted fights in 2021, Moran must beat David Bency [14(4)-17(7)-1].

The 32-year-old Nicaraguan is the type of fighter the 25-year-old would be expected to defeat, but is noted for his toughness and can turn it on, on occassion.

Moran certainly isn’t over looking the challenge.

“Bency’s record doesn’t do him justice,” he adds.

“I watched him fight last time I was here in Spain and he can be a tough nights work for anybody. I’ll give him the respect he deserves and be on my toes, but come Saturday night I’ll be ready for whatever he’s got.”

Saturday’s clash represents Moran’s fourth fight in four months, his fifth this year. Considering his previous promoters went bust over the summer and left him in limbo that’s a beyond impressive outlook.

“What started of as a disastrous year will end up as a great year with a win this weekend,” he concludes.

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 sports for a living for over 20 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