FOCAL LO­CAL

Former am­a­teur stand­out gets a home date

Boxing News - - PREVIEWS - PAUL WHEELER

IN what will be the 12th fight of Ray Moylette’s pro­fes­sional ca­reer, the 11-0 (4) Ir­ish light­weight is set to com­pete in his home coun­try for just the sec­ond time as a pro when he takes on Mex­ico’s Chris­tian Uruzqui­eta, 17-4-1 (6) 1NC, at the Royal The­atre in Castle­bar this Fri­day (De­cem­ber 7). TG4 tele­vise this As­sas­sin Pro­mo­tions show, which marks Moylette’s fourth con­test of the year and maiden 10-rounder.

De­spite hav­ing had dou­ble-digit out­ings in the paid ranks, Moylette is still best known for what he achieved as an am­a­teur. In 2008, the Is­lan­deady na­tive earned a gold medal at the World Youth Cham­pi­onships, over­com­ing the likes of Fred Evans and Dani­yar Yeleussi­nov along the way. Both of these box­ers went on to achieve sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess at Se­nior level in the un­paid code, be­fore turn­ing over.

Three years later, Moylette struck gold again, this time box­ing as a Se­nior at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships. In the fi­nal, he saw off Thomas Stalker, who would go on to cap­tain Team GB’S box­ing squad at the 2012 Olympics.

Coached by Paschal Collins, the well-sup­ported Moylette pos­sesses poise and craft, as well as a long and ef­fec­tive jab. Only four of his pro­fes­sional ad­ver­saries so far have had win­ning records, so fel­low 28-year-old Uruzqui­eta rep­re­sents a step up in class for the lo­cal favourite. The vis­i­tor has con­tested more than dou­ble the num­ber of pro bouts than Moylette has, yet this will be his firstever ap­pear­ance out­side of North Amer­ica. Uruzqui­eta is com­ing off a unan­i­mous points loss to the un­beaten Mathieu Ger­main in June, and Moylette can in­flict a sec­ond suc­ces­sive de­ci­sion de­feat on the Distrito Fed­eral fighter.

MOV­ING FOR­WARD: Moylette is work­ing on mak­ing a name for him­self as a pro­fes­sional

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