Winner Walsh – It wasn’t a Robbery

Wexford’s Dean Walsh retained his Elite light welterweight title last night in dramatic fashion against Ray Moylette.

A rematch of last year’s final, it was a win viewed, by some, as controversial, however Walsh spoke afterwards of how he felt it was a fair decision to give him the victory and the plane ticket to the Olympic qualifiers in Istanbul.

“I knew it was going to be a split” admitted the European bronze medalist.

“It was close, there no clear winner.”

“Last week [v James Cleary] was my toughest fight, but it was close tonight.”

Describing the clash, Walsh reasoned that “If I was beaten I would have said ‘look I mightn’t have done enough in the first two rounds’ but the way I saw it was: he nicked the first, I nicked the second, so all going level into the third and after I won the third I thought I might have done just enough to nick it.”

On the other hand, Moylette, and his massive following, felt it was harsh decision against the Mayo man, and their feeling’s were certainly made known. Afterwards Moylette stormed out of the ring and up to his supporters section but returned to the ring amidst massive cheers.

Walsh however was not a fan of the move, viewing it as classless and argued that “a win’s a win, he didn’t need to come into the ring afterwards with the flag saying he was robbed, he wasn’t robbed.”

The now-three time Irish champ will take a short break ahead of the qualifiers where he will aim to quickly join Ireland’s Olympic contingent.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie