Waterford welter Dylan Moran starts ‘saying it as it is’

Not quite no more Mr Nice Guy, but Dylan Moran [13(6)-1(0)] is going to change his approach and ‘say it as it is’ when boxing resumes.

The Waterford welterweight has been ‘scared’ into finding his voice and is ready to ditch his no call out policy.

As part of a weight division that was packed with fighters with a similar level of experience over the last two years, Moran was never one to name drop.

Indeed, he never really reacted when others mentioned his name, only to state he was open to all comers.

A genuine fear his career could be cut short or seriously damaged by the pandemic has prompted the Deise fighter to change that approach.

The PGP fighter, who is currently in Liechtenstein preparing for an August 8 date, told Irish-boxing.com that he will actively seek big fights moving forward.

The 25-year-old, who was set to challenge for a ranking title before lockdown, feels he has served his apprenticeship and will now go after the kind of fights he feels ready for.

He predicts exciting times are ahead.

“I’ve served my time now and I just want the big fights,” Moran tells Irish-boxing.com.

“The next two years are going to be really exciting for me. I’ve kept quiet earned my stripes, but from here on I’m going to be calling these guys out and saying it how it is.”

The change in approach has been prompted by the current situation and the suspension of boxing.

Moran feared for boxing and now seems to realize it’s a short career and you have to make the most of the time you’ve got.

” It’s only when you think you might have lost something you realize what it means to you and the taught of not coming back scared me to be honest, but I’m back now and very grateful.

“I’m going to make the make the most of it,” he adds before discussing Lichtenstein.

“It’s a home away from home. It’s like I’ve been here years. Pit Gleim and his team are an amazing group of people from start to finish and I’m delighted to be working with them.”

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