It seemed like a fool proof plan: Let Ray Moylette debut abroad so he would be free of ticket-selling worries and, with the extra time to focus, he could be handed a tougher-than-normal debut test.
However, Assassin Boxing may have underestimated the loyalty of Moylette’s mad Mayo fan base.
They traveled across country to Dublin week after week to watch him take part in three rounders in the National Elite Senior Championships over the years – so a trip to London for a four round debut isn’t daunting to them.
The light welterweight himself is blown away that over 100 are making the trek across the water and is aware that such a following can only help him as his career progresses.
“I’m fighting away in my first fight so. naturally, I thought that would take some if the pressure off with ticket sales, but it hasn’t to be honest,” Moylette told Irish-boxing.com.
“We have a massive contingent heading over to London. Well over a hundred on my last count and I’m not even involved with tickets!”
“Thankfully I have people to help me through every avenue. I can’t get over the support I have coming over. I’m delighted with it all. I want to make a statement in my first pro fight and give the travelling support something to be proud of.”
That green and red flag waving support, along with his aggressive style, always had people predicting the former European amateur champion had a pro future ahead of him.
However, there are other elements to pro life that the Mayo man is enjoying, and unsurprisingly Moylette is taking to the showmanship element of paid fighting.
“I love all the razzmatazz. I’m in the middle of designing a special pair of shorts for Boston and my American debut [March 18th]. But that’s for another day.”
“I’m not going too fancy for my first fight as it’s strictly business. I’m looking forward to the entourage and the ring walk. The crowed in the ring after will only add to the excitement,” he added before eluding to the all important ring walk.”
“I have two songs mixed which a good friend of mine put together. One with a bit of suspense and crowed interaction and the other an uplifting Irish ballad. You will just have to wait and see what I come out with.”
With his shorts sorted, his opponent – Slovakian champion Ivan Godor – confirmed, music picked, and venue set, Moylette is now just keen to get in the ring tonight at the Connaught Rooms.
“I just want to get the show on the road at this stage. I have kept the head down and stuck to my training. I’m looking forward to getting in Saturday night and doing what I do best, performing to the best of my ability and showcasing my skills to the world,” he added before discussing his link up with Paschal Collins in the Celtic Warrior Gym.
“Myself and Paschal are working together real well. He understands my style and how I work. His experience in the pro game from boxing and coaching is something money can’t buy.”
“He has lived the life and now I’m learning from his experiences. We are working together just over a month and I already see all the little benefits coming together. I’m already a great fighter, Paschal is just making me better.”