Ray Moylette’s Mayo Homecoming Opponent Revealed

Ray Moylette [11(4)-0] will have to overcome tough Mexican opposition if he is to claim his first professional title next month.

The Islandeady lightweight makes his Mayo homecoming at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Friday December 7th and it has been announced tonight that he will face Christian Uruzquieta [17(6)-4(1)-1] for the WBC International rankings title.

The 28-year-old Mexico City man looks, on paper, to be Moylette’s toughest pro opponent to date.

A pro for almost ten years, Uruzquieta has plenty of experience fighting on the road and has been a repeat visitor to Canada where, over five fights, he has posted two upset wins, one draw, and two losses.

One of these wins came against Steve Wilcox – who Irish fans may remember from his clash with Dublin light welter Darragh Foley earlier this year.

Last time out, in June, Uruzquieta was outpointed in a competitive ten-rounder in Montreal by unbeaten light welter Mathieu Germain for the IBF North American title.

Argentine former world title challenger Fernando Saucedo was initially explored as a potential opponent for ‘Sugar Ray’ but the South American plumped for a spot on the WBSS card in New Orleans last week instead. South African southpaw Michael Mokoena and Mexican brawler Miguel Zamudio, a former opponent of Jamie Kavanagh, were also reportedly in the frame but Assassin Boxing have plumped for the dangerous Uruzquieta.

Moylette comes into the bout following a fantastic start to pro life in which he has scored 11 wins in under a year and a half – most of which have come against solid, game opposition.

Uruzquieta, however, represents a serious step up for the Mayo 28-year-old who will be looking to enter the WBC Top 15 with a win.

Tickets for the card go on sale next week and a full undercard will be announced soon – with Moylette’s Celtic Warriors gym-mate Spike O’Sullivan already being confirmed this evening.


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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