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Coronavirus cancellation no laughing matter for Dylan Moran with Germany calling for Waterford welterweight

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Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran

At six o'clock on Wednesday, Waterford welterweight Dylan Moran was in his training camp in Liechtenstein when he learned his title fight with German champion Deniz Ilbay on March 28 in Bavaria was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"On Thursday morning I got the first flight out before everyone got locked down," he says.

Moran (13-1, 6 KOs) is no stranger to the disappointment of fights getting pulled at short notice. But this time it's different.

"This is a world crisis," he says. "There are people dying around the world. My family and friend are healthy, thank God. I've got nothing to complain about."

Worse

The fight is re-scheduled for May 30 in Munich.

"Things could be worse in May," admits Moran. "We'll see."

Moran is a fighter who's used to overcoming adversity.

"I've not had an easy ride," the Kilmacthomas man agrees. "I started in Waterford, moved to Manchester and dealt with all the problems life could through at me. I stuck at it with no backing, no promoter and no TV. But now I've a dream contract in Germany and I'm fighting for the WBC belt as the main event live on TV in Germany. You couldn't write this."

Dylan's ambitions took a knock last year when on his debut American fight, he lost on KO.

"No excuses," he says. "You learn more in the loser's dressing room than you ever will in the winner's."

While some critics were dismissive, Moran carried on.

"I flew to Mexico, eleven hours on a flight, then a three-hour drive," he recalls. "I sat in the dressing room and the commission said, "The fight's not happening." I asked myself, "Am I wasting my time?" But I kept going."

His perseverance has paid off.

"Now I've had three wins on the trot," he says. "In Germany I was offered a contract I couldn't refuse. They bought me out of my American contract. I couldn't be happier."

Dylan's trainer George Bramovski, who worked with Arthur Abraham for years, is a legend in Germany, where he's coached over 70 amateur champions.

"We studied Ilbay (22-2, 10 KOs) and put a game plan together," says Dylan. "He's a tough guy who's fit, strong and dangerous. But that's about it. My boxing brain and experience will be too much for him."

"Since I moved to Germany, my form and sharpness as a fighter are at a new level," says Dylan.

"It's full-on boxing."

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