Ray Moylette [11(4)-1(0)] expects Larry Fryers [10(3)-1(1)] to be tough, but not good enough to beat him when the pair meet in an intriguing American-hosted all-Irish clash on July 12.
The Mayo and Monaghan fighters will battle it out for the New England light welterweight tile on an Encore Casino, Boston Harbour-hosted UFC Fight Pass broadcast Murphy Boxing show.
It’s a surprisingly tough test for the Islandeady to return in after defeat to Christian Uruzquieta in December.
Fryers will certainly be motivated, will be well supported, is naturally the bigger man, has a similar record to Moylette and comes to fight.
However, ‘Sugar Ray’ is adamant he will have too much for the New York based fighter.
The European Championships gold medal winner thinks he can trump Fryers in terms of skill, speed, power, ring craft and experience – and has backed himself to control the fight.
“With the adjustments made to my style as of late I’m pretty confident I have an abundance of skill and determination to take this fight by the scruff of the neck and be hailed as the victor when the final bell sounds,” Moylette told Mayo.ie.
“Skill, speed, power, ring craft and experience will all have to favour me. Fryers is tough and durable, and I expect him to walk on to shots all night. This will become a fight and I have the artillery in the basement for when that does happen. I have mixed it and traded with some of the best fighters in the world. Whatever he comes with, I will be ready.”
Moylette moves up from lightweight to light welter for the anticipated clash. He points out the move isn’t necessarily a permanent one, but believes the extra weight could prove an advantage.
“With this fight set at 5lbs heavier than my last, it means I have more strength and more muscle mass. What I lacked in Castlebar I will make up for in the Encore Casino in Boston Harbour.”
Moylette also believes the title on the line and the leverage that could help him propel his career forward.
The Paschal Collins-trained fighter suggests the all-Irish element won’t make a difference on the night.
Indeed, he claims his focus will be on the New England strap, a title he is determined to collect.
“I don’t think it makes much difference who I’m fighting and where they’re from. When that bell rings all bets are off and it’s fair game for everyone. You can’t look past any opponent. If he is in the opposite corner from me then he obviously has a fighting spirit and any man that has that is dangerous. The motivation for this fight is not the opponent it’s what’s at stake.”