Ray Moylette warns Larry Fryers not to over-celebrate dramatic win


Ray Moylette has urged Larry Fryers not to over-celebrate his dramatic victory in Boston last weekend because the pair could be trading leather in a rescheduled clash sooner than he thinks.

The Mayo and Monaghan fighters were set to box for the New England title on the big Murphys Boxing show last Saturday, but visa issues prevented ‘Sugar Ray’ from making it to Massachusetts.

Fryers was still afforded the chance to fight on the show – which was shown live on UFC Fight Pass – and once again was involved in the most exciting fight on the card getting up off the canvas to defeat Bryan Abraham – whom Moylette defeated in very different circumstances previously

The Celtic Warrior Gym fighter was left disappointed he missed out on the chance to challenge for a career progressing strap on the Boston card, but believes the clash will be rescheduled soon.

He assures his the visa issue was a small paperwork mix up that will be sorted in no time and believes he will next fight the 28-year-old Monaghan slugger for the New England title.

“There was Just a small mix up with paperwork. Nothing major as it will all be sorted in a few days. Time went against us in the end and that made the situation worse. I stayed on for the next 36 hours trying to get it over the line. At one stage I was committing to landing in Boston and going straight to the weigh-in. That’s how eager I was to get the issue resolved and get that fight on the card,” Moylette explained before discussing Fryers.

The next fight I want is Fryers. We had it signed, sealed and I missed out on the delivery. I know he wants it too. I hope he is back training and he hasn’t gone celebrating his win. This fight could happen sooner than we think and we both need to be ready.”

“I’m ready to fight once all the formalities are all wrapped up. My main aim is to get back to Boston and build on an already great platform with Murphys Boxing. If and when the opportunity comes to fight at home again I would gladly sit down and work something out.”

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Moylette watched Fryers take on the replacement opponent on UFC Fight Pass and wasn’t as impressed with the off-the-canvas win as the likes of Micky Ward were.

The Mayo fighter believes he would have stopped the New York-based Ulsterman if presented the same chances as Abraham – and points out the pair’s differing performance against the game journeyman proves they operate at a different level.

“I watched Fryers fight. He came on strong in the second round which I expected him to do. He got caught cold in the first round and I was only thinking that if that was me hitting him I believe he would be still out,” he adds.

“I know you should never compare people or things but I fought this guy Brian Abraham and although he was a nice guy he couldn’t lay a glove on me. I know that’s nothing to do with myself and Fryers but it does show levels and I believe I am levels above him.”

While Moylette is trying to keep a positive mind set he does admit missing the chance to fight for the New England title on UFC Fight Pass has left him disappointed. It’s also denied him the chance to put his sole career defeat behind him.

“I was very disappointed not to be able to travel to Boston and fight. I had geared up for this for the last couple of months and this was going to be my next big break.

“However I got my head around it relatively quick and got back to the gym two days later.”

The European Championships gold medalist also realized the fight fall through isn’t as dramatic as it first appeared. Moylette points out he didn’t suffer injury and will be fit to fight soon, indeed he may benefit from a few extra weeks in the gym.

“Everyone has sympathized with me, telling me how frustrated I should be and that I was in great shape going to the fight. But people seem to forget I’m not starting from scratch again just because I missed my flight. I’m not suddenly unfit and over weight and going back to the drawing board. If anything a couple of more weeks in camp will only add to my arsenal and my physical conditioning,” Moylette continues.

“These things happen in sport and I’m lucky it took two and a half years for something like this to hit my career. Back in my younger days when I had no patience and I wanted things done yesterday instead of waiting. I know if something like this happened then I would have fell off the bandwagon altogether and it may have had a big impact moving forward. Thankfully I have great understanding of situations now and I can only see the positives that will impact me after all this.”

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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: [email protected]