Ray Moylette confirms pro decision

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Mayo light welter Ray Moylette has announced that he is to turn pro.

It had always seemed unlikely the the charismatic Westerner would stay around for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, however it was unknown whether ‘Sting Ray’ would take the plunge into professional boxing.

The 2011 European and 2008 World Youth gold medalist has long been said to have the support and the style to make a successful transition. He also possesses some six-round AIBA Pro Boxing experience.

Who 26 year old Moylette is to turn pro with is currently unconfirmed, although last week the Islandeady man sparked rumours by posing in an MGM t-shirt outside their gym in Marbella.

The St Anne’s boxer missed out on qualification for the Rio Olympics this year, unluckily drawing competition winner Hovhannes Backrov of Armenia in the opening round of his qualifier in Venezuela.

Moylette announced on social media that “I have taken a new path and I’ve decided to turn Pro.”

“I really am humbled and I’m very grateful for all the support over the last number of years through the good times, bad times, victories and losses.

“Amateur boxing has been very good to me in the past and I want to leave on a positive note.”

“Thanks to all the coaches and boxers who helped me and guided me in the right path when I needed it most through the last 15 years.”

“Thanks to all my family and friends for your contribution and I hope to have your support as we take this next step together.”

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