Ray Moylette – “I’m two years in after two weeks”

Possibly the most impressive performer on the Murphys Boxing show on Boston at the weekend was Ray Moylette [2(0)-0].

The Mayo light welterweight showed both power and skill in his four round win over the very game Matt Probin, and had plenty in attendance at the House of Blues, including Murphys Boxing chief Ken Casey, singing his praises afterwards.

While his debut, just two weeks previously, had came on a London dinner show, it was the big stage here against an opponent who came in search of an upset.

Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com afterwards, Moylette described how “it was some atmosphere out there. As I said before, this is what dreams are made of – walking out to a massive crowd in the middle of Boston on Paddy’s Weekend with everyone shouting your name.”

“I was thousands of miles away from home and still had massive support. Money can’t buy that, that’s something I’ve acquired throughout my career with my personality and my boxing experience.”

Looking back on the scrap, which was scored 40:35 x2, 39:36 in his favour, Moylette said that “it was a great fight, I really enjoyed it. I rocked him early in the first and, in fairness, I tried to take him out, I got a small bit excited. I’m still relatively raw in the pro scene and I probably expended a bit too much energy in the first round and I did tire.”

“So, going into the second round I was a bit more cautious and a bit more wary. I came back in the fight in rounds three and four. I just stuck to my boxing, he was a tough guy. His main attribute was that he could just keep coming. I didn’t play to the crowd after the first round.”

Moylette was happy to learn from the first round knockdown, and admits it was a surreal moment for him which he hopes to experience a lot going forward.

“It was special,” said the Mayo star. “With the crowd on your back. I just caught him clean with a nice right uppercut, put the pressure on him, and he did drop.”

“I would think myself as a big puncher, but on my record I don’t have any knockouts to date, a couple of stoppage wins, but no knockouts.”

“I didn’t know how to react after that, it’s not something that had happened in my amateur career, but it is going to be something that is going to happen and I’m going to develop a lot more of it.”

Looking ahead, the Islandeady man is keen to be busy on and noted how “I’ve nothing to celebrate yet. I’ve a long road ahead of me. I fly home on Wednesday and I’m back in the gym on Friday. Same after my professional debut, I came home Sunday evening and I was in the gym Tuesday.”

“I’m going to sit down with Paschal and we’re going to put a bit of a plan together. Maybe a couple of weeks off would be no harm, but if there was a fight in a week or two I would be ready for that.”

“It isn’t just activity that the 2011 European gold medalist craves however, and he wants to continue to fight a level of opponents.”

“He [Probin] was not a journeyguy,” explained Moylette. “Most pros in their second fight are fighting taxi drivers. When I signed the professional contract I made it clear that I did want to be fast-tracked.”

“Obviously not too fast, and I’m still aware that I have to learn, and I want to learn – But I don’t need to be fighting journeyguys to get my record up, I can do that fighting good quality fighters where I learn at the same time.”

“Even in my professional debut I fought a step up in class. He was a ninth or tenth fight guy but, the way things are, nine or ten fights is a year or two in professional boxing.”

“I would like to think that I’m two years in after two weeks and, not to get complacent, I have it all ahead of me.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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