Patient Dylan Moran takes title delay in his stride ahead of Mexican outing

He avoids smack talk like Pernell Whitaker avoided punches but Dylan Moran [6(4)-0] does believe we will eventually see who the best of the domestic welterweight prospects is come 2019.

The Waterford man is lucky enough to be in a division stacked with talent and loaded with a host of punchers below 10-0 and looking to forge a name for themselves.

It lends itself to some potentially mouthwatering BUI Celtic and Irish title fights over the coming 12 months and beyond.

Moran made his Celtic title ambitions clear after his most recent victory but Keane McMahon and reigning champ Jay Byrne were mandated to fight for the strap on November 24th.

Byrne fights Marc Kerr for the British Boxing Board of Control Celtic light middleweight title in Scotland next month and has claimed that he has vacated the BUI belt to allow McMahon to fight for it on Celtic Clash 7. Moves are being made now for ‘The Iceman’ to face continental opposition for the belt and an Irish title fight with Byrne is in the works for next year.

While this all means a title delay for Moran, the Waterford welter seems content with his position and is focused on an eight-round fight in Mexico this Saturday before a possible TV outing in Mayo come December 7th but believes things may heat up in the New Year.

“You know I try not to get involved too much in that side of things,” Moran explained to when asked about the lay of the welterweight land.

“That’s the management team’s job. I know I put it out there that my hat was in the ring [for the title] for Mayo. It didn’t come off so I’m just going to stay in the gym keep working hard and my time will come.”

“It’s looking like I’ll have another outing in Mayo and back on the hunt for titles in the new year,” Moran added before expressing he is happy to have so many progressing welters on the domestic scene.

“Everyone needs rivals and competition. How boring would it be without it? We need each other essentially and in the New Year we are going to see who’s the best.”

Before the New Year and even before a fight on Ray Moylette’s Mayo Homecoming card, the 23-year-old has a trip to Mexico to look forward too.

The popular Déise fighter joins Vladimir Belujsky, Mathew Fitzsimons, and James Power on a Tijuana card this weekend and is looking forward to the experience.

“I am really looking forward to it, it’s going to be some experience. Going to Mexico to fight is a story you’ll tell for years to come.”

“Mexico is known for tough fighters and has produced some of the greats so I’d like to get to some gyms out there and see how these guys do it.”

While it’s experience to write home about if not a fight to write home about, there is a smart business element to the Mexico trip. Moran gets to experience of fighting in the boxing mad country, should add a win to his record, gains Irish title eligibility, and has a break from having to push tickets.

“It’s a break from selling tickets and the same old setup at home. That means less stress, you just pack the bag and head off to have a fight. Plus I can have a couple of days holiday too and as well as hopefully getting another win on the record, so happy days.”


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