A ‘battle royal’ ,for the vacant light-welterweight sport on the Irish team for the AIBA World Championships and Olympic Qualifers, saw Westport’s Ray Moylette, the Champion of Europe defeat Irish Elite titleholder, Ross Hickey of Grangecon in a pulsating fight at Dublin’s National Stadium on Friday night.
Moylette was 9-6 down at the end of round two but when it mattered – as the final bell tolled – it was the Mayo man who emerged a deserving winner 15-13. It was a shame that either boxer had to lose as Hickey gave of his all . So it is Moylette who goes through to Baku, commencing 26th September and
as European champion, a likely seeding in the draw.
As Irish High Performance Unit coach Billy Walsh said later: – “It was a fantastic contest – one of the best I’ve seen in the Stadium in a long, long time”
“The atmosphere was something really special; each fighter had his own supporters. There was a great crowd from Mayo for Moylette and just as big a one from the Army for Hickey.
“The two lads are world class athletes, but unfortunately there has to be a loser, and tonight it was Ross.”
Box-Off National Stadium Dublin September 2nd
64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) beat Ross Hickey (Grangecon) 15-13
And so to Baku for the World Championships and high hopes of an Irish medal or three:
Irish Team AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers Baku, Azerbaijan
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52Kg: Michael Conlon (St John Bosco)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne’s)
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy)
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate)
91Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown)
91Kg+ Con Sheehan (Clonmel)