Ray Moylette looking for a taste of Vegas on big Foxwoods card tonight


It’s stage two time for Ray Moylette [5(2)-0].

The Mayo favourite gloves off what he has labelled the second chapter of a career that he believes will have the happiest of endings – and before he has even thrown a glove as he returns from what was effectively a Summer holiday he claims he can see the difference.

‘Sugar Ray’ claims Donte Bryant will prove his toughest appointment to date and the venue set to host one of his two quick fire Stateside scraps speaks for itself.

It’s not quite Madison Square Garden or the MGM, but Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut has held some big fights and that fact is not lost on the 2011 European gold medalist.

“My first fight [in stage two] is against a real tough opponent even though his record doesn’t suggest that. He comes with a 1-2 pro record but with a highly decorated amateur record. He has had a huge amount of fights and a couple of Golden Gloves championship gold medals. I’m really looking forward to another 6 rounder,” Moylette told Irish-Boxing.com.

“The venue is great, Foxwoods Casino where there have been massive world tittle fights in the past with the likes of Golovkin and Gary Russell Jnr so it’s great to fight in such a historic venue. It reminds me a little of Las Vegas so it’s a little snippet of what I hope to experience at some stage of my boxing career.”

While the Paschal Collins-trained pro has been deliberate about breaking his career into stages, whether it be for his own mental benefit or to put pressure on his team to move him on, there are still some chapter one themes he wants to run through the next phase.

Moylette has been one of Ireland’s more active first year pros, wants to be kept busy, and obviously is intent on continuing his winning streak.

“I’ve had a pretty busy introduction to provide boxing and I don’t expect anything to change as I move forward in that regard.”

“I know the credibility and quality of opponents will improve but I still expect to be busy. I would like to think I could have five more fights by the end of the year as I already have three scheduled for the next few weeks.”

Three of Moylette’s five fights have played out in America and the Mayo man returns Stateside for his latest clash which plays out on the DiBella Entertainment undercard of stablemate’s Niall Kennedy’s heavyweight headline fight against Alexis Santos.

The 27 year old seems to have caught the imagination while trading leather on Murphys Boxing shows and it seems the love is mutual.

“I am back to Boston and I love it here. I’m pretty well looked after by Murphys Boxing along with having a brother over here who can’t do enough for me. As this is my third time here and when this trip finishes I’ll have nearly 2 months done here this year already do I have meet some great people along the way.”

“Everything I come back its a new experience. People are great and I love catching up with old friends who help me out and support my career over here,” he added.

Moylette believes America will play a vital role in his progression, but does see a scenario where he establishes himself Stateside and comes back to be a main draw in Ireland.

“To be honest growing up always knew to make it to the top you need to be in America. As population and exposure go it’s the perfect platform to build your record and fast track to the top.”

“My heart is obviously still at home and I would like to imagine I’ll have a lot of pretty big fights on Irish soil in Dublin and my beloved home county Mayo. However, I’m still in the honeymoon period of pro boxing this is where I need to be.”

“When I do eventually fight at home again I should be ready to put on a showcase and take over the Irish scene.”

There is a bit of the McGregors about Moylette. It’s obvious he enjoys trying to stand out come interview time and is aware he has to market himself in an increasingly populated Irish pro scene.

However, the Assassin Promotions puncher isn’t one for predictions and certainly isn’t mystic Moy.

“I don’t have any predictions as in I don’t know exactly how these fights are going to go.

“Every time you step into that ring it’s a new adventure and a new challenge. I came over here to learn and progress my record. By the time I jump back on that plane I hope to be 7-0 and yeah if I could add another two KO’s to that record that would be awesome.”

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