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Mayo megastar Ray Moylette turns pro

After months of speculation, Mayo light welterweight Ray Moylette has turned professional.

Last night, the Mayo News revealed that the 2011 European champion has signed a three year contract with English outfit Assassin Boxing and will debut on Saturday March 4th.

The 26 year old Islandeady man will box at the aptly-named Connaught Rooms against a soon-to-be-confirmed opponent. Assassin possess an Irish-heavy stable of fighters, and Moylette will join Paddy and JJ McDonagh on the card, along with adopted Corkonians Vladimir Belujsky and Alexei Collado.

Moylette announced his intention to turn pro back in September, and it had seemed likely that he would sign with MTK Global (formerly Macklin’s Gym Marbella), however he has elected to sign with the Brighton-based promotional company ran by Kaz Evans.

Moylette, who runs a successful gym, will divide his training time between Westport, under amateur club coach Martin Brennan’s of St Anne’s, and Dublin where he will join the Celtic Warriors Gym under Paschal Collins.

An exciting addition to the Irish professional scene, ‘Sting Ray’ has a significant following in Mayo that would no doubt multiply in the pros. The Westerner has long been described as a pro-styled fighter with his aggressive yet economical and accurate style as well as a tendency to raise his game for the big occasion. In addition, Moylette participated in two six-round AIBA Pro Boxing bouts last year and will not need as much adjusting as most.

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