Brave Moylette falls short after classic contest
Ray Moylette was beaten on a split decision last night by Mexican Christian Uruzquieta ending his dream of securing the WBC International silver lightweight belt before an enthusiastic attendance in Castlebar's Royal Theatre.
The stunned silence that greeted the verdict told its own story, though Moylette had shown incredible bravery to survive two knock-downs in the fifth round in a terrific contest.
"I want to thank everybody for their massive support. Their voices got me off the floor. I apologise to everybody that I didn't win the belt," said Moylette who was simply beaten by the better fighter.
This was his first defeat as a professional and obviously it is a serious setback to his fledging professional career. He dropped a stone in weight to box as a lightweight for the first time in nearly a decade and ultimately the gamble didn't pay off.
Moylette's family including his wife Sharon - who is an All-Ireland GAA medal winner - mother Mary, father John - who was working as a photographer on the night - and other siblings including his sister Sheila, who sang in the ring before the contest, neighbours and friends roared on the man they have started to call 'Sugar Ray'.
After an even start, the Mexican was relentless and in the fifth the pressure finally told as Moylette was twice on the canvass. He survived both counts but looked in serious trouble at the bell.
The Mayoman showed remarkable recovery powers and dominated the latter half of the sixth round as he stood his ground and caught the Mexican with quality shots and probably took the round, though he was still trailing on points which ultimately cost him.
Though one judge favoured the home fighter 95-94, the other two judges sided with the Mexican 96-92 and 95-94.
Elsewhere, Cork's Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan relaunched his pro career when he defeated Hungarian journeyman Gabor Gorbics in an eight-round contest in the super welterweight division. Though he achieved a shut out 80-72 victory, the Cork native will be disappointed that he didn't end the contest with a knock-out.
"It was good to shake off a bit of ring rust," he suggested afterwards.
O'Sullivan's bid for a World middleweight title ran aground in Las Vegas in October in the first round against David Lemieux. However, last night, the 34-year old dominated the ring and worked his jab effectively and used his right hook to punish the Hungarian in the first round to set the tone for a relatively comfortable victory.
Meanwhile, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has sanctioned a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury after last Saturday's drawn fight.