Ray Moylette feeling “at home” in Boston following latest tour


Ray Moylette [7(3)-0] was more concerned with impressing a growing Boston following than he was shipping a big shot as he fought just two weeks after he got up off the floor to win.

The Mayo favourite hit the canvas for the first time in his career in a testing fight with Donte Bryant on September 15th and was back in the ring against Michael Clark by the 30th of the same month.

It was a quick turnaround for the busy prospect and he would have been forgiven if he was somewhat apprehensive after his experience on a card that saw stablemate Niall Kennedy produce one of the biggest Irish wins of the year.

However, while Moylette claims he was a degree more cautious he suggests he was more focused on putting on a show on the Golden Boy on ESPN card topped by Spike O’Sullivan.

“To be honest I wasn’t really any more nervous, but I was definitely a lot more aware of my surroundings and more cautious of keeping my hands up.”

“I was more excited than anything. I had great support in the House of Blues from all the people in Boston. I had friends and family travel long distances to be there with me so I was hoping to show them more of what I got,” he told Irish-Boxing.com.

The 27 year old has travelled in his first seven fights and he claims the people of Boston have really started to make him feel at home.

As a result he claims he was sharper on his House of Blues return and more comfortable in his surroundings as he traded leather against faded former world title challenger Michael Clark.

“I felt very comfortable in there comparing to my first fight in the House of Blues in March. I was a completely different fighter heading to the ring and a completely different fighter in the ring. I was real composed and felt at home in there.”

“My performance was pretty good. Caught him with the big uppercut in the first round and he didn’t want to know after that. I was sitting on my punches and trying to control the ring,” he added.

No doubt the flamed-haired, straight-talking, aggressive fighter’s style and approach has impressed some Stateside, but he claims the respect those around him have in the area have also helped.

“The fan base is incredible in Boston. They travelled from Ireland, Florida, New York and many more places. There is a great Irish community over there and they really support their own.”

“I’m in a great circle with great people. Ken Casey is very well respected over there and when your under his banner you get the same respect. Not to mention Packie Collins who lived there for a couple of years has more friends on that side I’d say than he has here.”

“My brother is living there for the last 20 years so I’m in pretty good hands all around when I land in Boston.”

Joe O'Neill

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