Ray Moylette has a message for Dean Walsh ahead of their Elite light welterweight final rematch on Friday – it wont be close this time round.
Earlier this year, in an agonisingly tight match-up, Walsh emerged the victor via split-decision.
While Moylette may not entirely agree with the decision, the Mayo boxer is mature enough not to dwell on the past, explaining to irish-boxing.com that “it was very close last year – maybe I thought I should have got the decision, but look, that’s boxing.”
“I believe to take it from a champion you have to beat him and if it’s close maybe the champion has earned the right to get the decision.”
Instead Moylette promises a much different outcome when the pair renew hostilities on the South Circular Road, predicting “a different result this time.”
“It wont be close.”
“I believe I’m the better man, out in Europe and out in the World.”
“I’ve that record proved, I’ve just gotta go out and prove that again – not to anyone else, mainly to myself.”
“I haven’t been at the top level in the last couple of years but I’ve got my head in the game now and I’m training hard and enjoying boxing.”
While the Irish title may be the prize on the line – and Moylette admits that “I’ve one goal at the minute and that’s the first round on Friday night, that’s it, we can’t look any further than that” – the potential for the bout to act as a play-off for a spot in the Olympic qualifiers hasn’t been lost on the Mayo man.
Indeed the well-spoken Moylette believes that “Dean Walsh had his chance to qualify for the [Olympic] Games and he didn’t take it.”
“The Olympics doesn’t phase me at the minute as such.”
“There’s a lot of stepping stones before you can get to the top of a mountain, this is obviously the first step and I believe it’s all a journey.”
“Take one step at a time and you’ll be rewarded.”