Saturday 24 February 2018

Moylette: I'll go through Walsh for a short cut

Ray Moylette:
Ray Moylette: "I do respect him and I do fear him, but he’s standing in the way of something I want"

Bernard O'Neill

Former European Elite champion Ray Moylette has vowed to "go through defending champion Dean Walsh for a short cut" in tonight's National Elite finals.

The fired-up Mayo light-welterweight meets Wexford native Walsh in a repeat of January's 64kg decider at the National Stadium.

That encounter ended in a split decision in favour of Walsh, but Moylette believes the rematch won't even be close.

He said: "I'm not expecting it to be close, but I'm expecting it to be tough. I think I'm far too strong and experienced.

"I'm going to go through Walsh for a short cut if I get the chance. I do respect him and I do fear him, but he's standing in the way of something I want.

"I've carried that burden with me (of losing to Walsh) for the last couple of months. There won't be any regrets this time."

Meanwhile, Darren O'Neill faces Bernard O'Reilly aiming for his sixth Elite title in two different weights.

The 2012 Olympian will be appearing in his tenth final and reckons that with places on the Irish team for April's Olympic qualifiers in Istanbul up for grabs, defeat is not an option.

"You can forget about Istanbul if you don't perform. One bad performance can change your entire year," said O'Neill.

O'Neill's fellow London Olympian Adam 'The Guard' Nolan meets Martin Stokes aiming for a fifth belt.

David Oliver Joyce, the only AIBA Pro boxer at the Elites, faces defending lightweight champion Sean McComb in a repeat of the 2014 final which Joyce edged on a split.

"The last one was close and I'm expecting it to be close again. He's going for his third and I'm going for six. There's a lot on the line," said Joyce.

Michael O'Reilly is overwhelming favourite to retain his 75kg belt against Conor Wallace.

But Wallace believes he can upset the odds, saying: "The pressure is on him. Michael isn't world No 3 for nothing. He is a top-class opponent but I know if I box to the best of my ability I can cause an upset."

National Elite finals,

Live, TG4, from 7.30

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