It took 27 months, but Ray Moylette is delighted to have finally put his sole career defeat behind him.
‘Sugar Ray’ got back on the horse in Belgium last month and jumped the not-so-tricky hurdle that was Adam Walas on a 12Rounds Boxing card.
The European Championship gold medal winner was always meant to defeat the late replacement and would have been confident of doing so.
However, he admits it was a relief to get a victory, ensuring in the context of the ‘your only as good as your last performance’ his most recent fight resulted in a win.
“I was delighted to be back in the ring. It was just a huge relief more than anything,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“It was hard to get excited throughout the week as I know how temperamental everything is at the minute with covid restrictions and lockdown. Your only as good as your last fight, so I’m delighted I got to shake off the defeat in Castlebar.”
The win does see Moylette put some distance between him and that sole career defeat suffered at the gloves of Mexican Christian Uruzquieta – and puts him back in the mindset of fight fans.
Considering the period out it appears the start of a rebuild but the popular lightweight doesn’t believe he has time to hang around, although he assures he won’t be rushed into fights he isn’t prepared for.
“I’m no spring chicken so I am aware I need to get moving,” Moylette told Irish-boxing.com.
“However, I know I only have one more shot at this, so it’s important we do it right. I hope to get out soon again in the next few weeks and then start challenging for titles.”
While he was content with the win Moylette did feel he could of and maybe needed to get more out of the fight. The Pascal Collins trained fighter feels rounds would have been of benefit post such a long sabbatical.
“The knockout was always on the cards. My opponent had been changed a handful of times during the week unknown to me.
Packie Collins worked hard to keep everything lined up. Walas wasn’t the ideal opponent as he was very weak. I would have preferred a much stiffer test to get some rounds in. I wanted to make sure I did everything right. I was happy with the two body shots I did connect with but as I said I would have preferred to go through the gears
“I know I will have plenty of bigger and harder fights down the line. I enjoyed this fight for what it was. In reality, I needed two things from this fight. I needed to get back to winning ways and I needed to get tough rounds in the bank. I ticked one of the boxes so I have to be happy with that. It won’t take long to get the rounds in above in Celtic Warriors gym.”