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The Road To Mayo – Ray Moylette takes step one toward a massive Castlebar homecoming in Belgium

Ray Moylette [11(4)-1(0)] can get that winning feeling back this weekend but not the special feeling he had despite defeat the last time he entered the ring.

‘Sugar Ray’ fights for the first time since December 2018 on a Round 12 card in Belgium this coming Saturday.

The Mayo man lost that Castlebar Christmas cracker to Christian Uruzquieta but looks back on the TG4 broadcast fight with great fondness.

Indeed, rather than try and bury the memory of the fight, the Paschal Collins trained fighter looks to use the memory of the occasion as motivation as he looks to re-kickstart his career.

“I’d be lying to you if I told you that wasn’t the highlight of my whole career,” explains Moylette.

“Travelling all over the world, winning world titles, European titles, All-Ireland titles, it didn’t compare to fighting in Castlebar in front of my home crowd. It was massive.

“I lost on the night by a decision but really, looking at the bigger picture, I won on the night. The love that everyone has shown me since. . Everyone is still talking about it.

“Getting beat was one thing, but it was the whole event, the whole atmosphere, everybody supported me so much. I was honoured to be part of it.”

“My dream now is to fill the TF again and get another big night in Castlebar. If I could do that, I know I could walk away from this game a happy man. This game owes me nothing at this stage but one more night like that, I could rest easy.”

The Islandeady lightweight takes what he hopes will be the first steps toward a second homecoming against on a busy card that also includes Craig O’Brien, Niall O’Connor, Niall Kennedy and Craig O’Brien.

Moylette has admitted it’s a ring rust freeing exercise but feels the pandemic has leveled the playing field and as a result is just one or two wins away from big fights.

“Professional boxing is about levels and moving through them. Right now, I’m down at a low level but I’m hoping the fights will come thick and fast.”

“A lot of people thought I had retired, but I’m back on track now, ready to rock.”

“This is my chance now to get back and make it all worthwhile. I need to get back in the ring.”

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