RAY Moylette went from powerful brute to philosopher within minutes in the National Stadium last Friday night.
The well supported Westerner produced one of the best performances the Stadium has seen at Elite National level in recent times destroying seasoned and decorated skill merchant Ross Hickey over three rounds.
When asked by Irish-boxing.com where such a performance came from he quipped
“I’ll give you a quote ‘a man will see a lot more through a tear drop than a telescope’.
Moylette used pain and a lesser form of shame as his motivation ahead a performance that shook the Stadium. The St Anne’s puncher felt he had let himself and his supporters down when losing to Hickey two years ago and he felt he was wrongly denied success in 2014’s finals and he used both as motivation ahead of the most exciting fight on the 2015 National Elite Championship roster. Indeed the former Senior Champion and European medalist put in a 16 week camp in preparation for a Senior’s devoid of some big names at other weights.
“Two years ago Ross beat me in the semi final and I felt I left it behind me. I didn’t do myself justice, I didn’t do my club justice or the people that support me. Last year I felt it was taken from me in the semi final against Micheal Nevin. I experienced that despair of losing with it been taking from me and the giving it away myself.
“That is some motivation. What I learnt from that inspired me and I was in my element tonight. Money couldn’t have bought how I felt walking into that ring tonight never mind when I was catching him clean and knowing I was in control,” he added.
“I was happier with the win last week because today I expected that performance I knew how hard I worked for this fight and I knew I was ready. We put in 16 hard weeks, I had no fear or doubts there is no hiding place for me anymore.”
Moylette versus Hickey would be deemed a 50-50 dust up so a Moylette win shouldn’t be that shocking. However, the performance and the manner of the victory is certainly something to write home about.
Working toward that kind of intensity and power suggests ambitions beyond National level, but you suggest to Moylette at your own risk. The former Senior Champion only has eyes on this Friday’s final with Stephen Broadhurst and is Irish champion focused for now.
“They were tight fights with Ross before and he is a quality operator and a decorated fighter, but I knew well going into this semi final I would beat him. I have never been in this shape or frame of mind before and I did everyone justice.
“In saying that nothing is won I still have a final to win, but I lay down a bench mark that I am not coming below. To win an Irish title is massive and you do earn a European ranking, but I am not looking beyond next Friday. I am not worried about Olympic qualifiers or High Performance places. It all about winning the title and trying to maintain this form however I do it.
“At the minute I have no other goal in life than to win the Senior title. I going to put a plan in place and we would be confident, but if I can out there and enjoy next Friday I have one already.”