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The Gentleman’s Sport – Ray Moylette refuses tainted Dalton Smith Victory

All Ray Moylette had to do to win was stay down.

After taking a shot where it hurts for the second time in his fight with Dalton Smith in Leeds last Saturday night, the Mayo fighter was offered a direct route to victory.

Whilst wincing in pain the referee informed Moylette his opponent would be disqualified and he would be handed victory if he couldn’t fight on.

The Celtic Warrior Gym fighter could have secured a DQ win, a WBC ranking title and almost certainly a lucrative offer to rematch the Matchroom star if he’d have just said he was in too much pain to carry on.

Leeds, UK: Dalton Smith vs Ray Moylette, WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title. 26 March 2022 Picture By Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

However, the European and World Youth’s gold medal winner’s pride wouldn’t allow him to walk that path to the winner’s circle. Moylette didn’t want his hand raised unless he’d earned it by proving himself the better man over 10 rounds.

As a result, he battled on and ultimately suffered a tenth-round stoppage defeat.

Speaking online today coach Pascal Collins confirmed the exchange with the referee and praised his fighter’s warrior spirit.

Photo Credit Mark Robinson Matchroom.

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 sports for a living for over 20 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