“I’m no longer angry – I’m excited to get back doing what I love. Fighting!” Ray Moylette looking forward to 2021

Ray Moylette [11(4)-1(0)] is fresh, hungry and most importantly ready to fight.

An unlucky run in terms of fight cancellations since his defeat to Mexican Christian Uruzquieta was compounded by a global pandemic, particularly for a fighter, who mostly operates outside of Ireland.

It means ‘Sugar Ray’ will be two years without ring action by the time December is done.

However, while he has been out of the ring, the 30-year-old warns rivals he hasn’t been out of the gym.

“I know I’ve been on sabbatical from fighting over the last two years, but not from training,” Moylette told Irish-boxing.com.

“I’m readying myself for a break when it does come.”

The European and World Youth medal winner admits when his clash with Larry Fryers was cancelled last minute he hit a low.

He has now come through that tough time and is looking forward to taking on 2021 with a fresh mindset.

“Back in March of this year, after travelling home from Boston after my title fight cancelled. I was at a very low point. However now I’m refreshed and hungry again.

“Its not only me that’s left on the sideline. Bar the few fighters appearing on the Matchroom shows, its pretty much standstill for the whole boxing world. I’m not one to sit and wait for things to happen. We are planning a return early 2021. I’m no longer frustrated or angry I am just excited get back doing what I love. Fighting!”

It’s not quite a case of out of sight out of mind for Moylette. He has recently been called out by undefeated American Adrian Sosa and has had opportunities to fight.

The pandemic and a new arrival made him wary of accepting the more recent ones, as the Pascal Collins trained fighter put family first.

“I’ve had so many ideas and plans to fight over the last few months but nothing really materialised.

“In reality I was willing to travel and get a few tick over fights but it was very hard take the risk with a 6 month old baby at home.

“The issue wasn’t getting fights it was putting my family at risk. Personally myself I would take the risk but I could never forgive myself if I brought it home.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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