Rhys Again – Celtic Warrior gym mates assure Moran he will bounce back from surprise defeat

It’s a case down but not out for Rhys Moran [1-1] claim his Celtic Warrior stablemates.

The young Waterford prospect suffered surprise early-career defeat in Belgium late last month when he was outpointed by Pole Michal Loniewski [1-1].

The Tramore light heavy was expected to register routine victory on the road and was said to be left down hearted by the reverse.

However, his gym mates rallied around and reassured disappointment in the Dome will be short-lived, telling the young talent the result won’t have a major impact on his career.

Niall Kennedy and Ray Moylette both know what it’s like to suffer defeat, indeed they both returned to winning ways and put recent reverses behind them on the same card 12 Rounds Boxing card as Moran’s upset.

Both took time to speak to the southpaw after the event and both told Irish-boxing.com they believe Moran still has a bright future in the game.

“Rhys Moran has more talent naturally than iI’ll ever possess,” heavyweight Kennedy said.

“I just told him to have a good look at his approach to the fight and see what he can improve on. I shared a room with Rhys and genuinely I believe this lad has a massive future in the sport. This fight will make not break him he is only a chap.”

Moylette was equally upbeat when discussing ‘The Kalafornia Kid’s’ future: “We all had a good chat with Rhys after his fight. He is a good lad with a bright future. Most of us know whats its like to experience a loss, its not easy but once you can take some lessons from it, it could be an asset down the line. Professional boxing throws a lot of emphasis on the undefeated record and it’s always pressure on young lads trying to keep it. When I see undefeated on a record I know they took the easy road.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com