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Ambitious Ray Moylette believes debut opponent is a real statement of intent

Ray Moylette believes he has made a pro statement before he has even stepped into a professional ring.

The confident Mayo favourite trades leather for the first time as a pro in London tomorrow night, and believes the fact he is has agreed to fight Ivan Godor [17(6)-41(8)-4] on his debut is a signal of intent.

The Islandeady light welter is expected to beat the Slovak, but the Paschal Collins-trained former amateur stand-out claims the fact some well know names waited until they banked some experience before trying to slay the ‘Little Dragon’ is proof that he is not just keen to be pushed, but confident he can be fast-tracked.

Moylette’s debut foe was deemed good enough for former European Champion Jean Pierre Bauwens in his 31st fight, was current British champion Tyrone Nurse’s 20th opponent, and fought former Commonwealth champ Lee McAllister when he was past the 30-fight mark. The Slovak also shared the ring with Bradley Saunders, Maxi Hughes, and Ahmet Patterson among other names. He is a common name on the record of prospects, but the straight-talking Moylette points out that others fought the journeyman at the same stage he will be fighting for titles.

“My first opponent is an experienced seasoned pro with a very impressive fight tally,” Moylette told Irish-Boxing.com.

“Ivan Godor has fought a lot of top pros and has been in with the likes of Bradley Saunders and Tyrone Nurse, but other lads fought him well into there pro careers. Some prospects fought him in their eighth or tenth fight and I’m fighting him in my professional debut.”

“I want to be looking for titles on my eighth fight, not fighting journeymen. I said I want to fast track the process and that’s exactly what we are doing – and this opponent proves it.”

Godor is a fighter most would expect Moylette to defeat, but it is a strong debut foe. That however, doesn’t stop the charismatic puncher from predicting a tough night for the reigning Slovakian champion.

“My prediction is that I am going to win and win well. I’m prepared to go the four rounds but if the opportunity come to get him out of there that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie