Dylan Moran at the launch of the Clash Of The Titans, which takes place at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday night. Photo: Inpho.
Kilmacthomas welterweight Dylan Moran [9-0, 5 KOs] got what most young boxers dream of last month as he secured a big three-year promotional deal with major American outfit Star Boxing and looks set to feature on big fight cards on the U.S. East Coast alongside Irish legend Katie Taylor.
However, Moran remains a home-bird and plans to fight regularly in Ireland on top of his new deal – starting this Saturday night, March 30th. Here, in Dublin’s National Stadium, ‘The Real Deal’ will make a step-up and face Hungary’s former EU champion Gyorgy Mizsei Jr over eight rounds LIVE on TG4 on the game-changing Assassin Promotions and Boxing Ireland Promotions ‘Clash of the Titans’ card. He previously fought on the Assassin Boxing Presents – The Homecoming, card at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo in December.
“I will definitely be fighting at home,” he states animatedly. “That’s the first question I asked, ‘can I fight at home?’ I’ve got great support here and not everyone can make it to America so I will be still boxing at home. America will be great but nothing beats fighting here.”
Indeed, a big homecoming card in Waterford this Autumn, perhaps at the WIT Arena, has been mooted. Moran outlines how “there is a show in Waterford on the cards, it’s been a dream of mine since I’m a kid. I used sell out hotel ballrooms and that kickboxing and I always said I’d bring a big night of professional boxing to the city. Now it’s looks like the TV cameras are coming with me too. It’s a bit surreal really. I’ve got great support here after years of fighting which I’m very grateful for and I don’t doubt they will be out in numbers showing support again when it happens. It is going to be massive, it is going to be a great night, and that’s what I’m working towards.”
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the 24-year-old who admits he can hardly believe the opportunity he has been presented with by Star Boxing. Moran described how “it’s crazy to be honest, it’s as big as it gets really, I’m still pinching myself, but I realise it’s time to up the game now and work harder. Now is when I need to be performing, I’ve been dreaming about this for years. I have been dreaming of this since I’m a kid and I’m ready to make the most of it. They come with a great plan, no waiting around. I will be busy with fights, start making a name for myself in America, get the record up there, and then get involved in the big fights.”
“I was surprised at it coming so soon. Kaz [Evans, manager] rang me and just said I have some amazing news for you. When he told me it took me a while to believe him. I always knew I had to work myself into a position to get an offer like this and I’m here now. These guys come along and have taken all the worries and stresses of selling tickets and that away and they’ve given me the big stage to perform on and that’s all I need. No doubt the hard work starts now and I now know, if I continue to dedicate myself, the opportunities are there for me and I will prove I am one of the best in the world,” added the former St Paul’s amateur.
Star Boxing boss Joe DeGuardia, the man behind numerous world champions, has been impressed by Moran. The New Yorker noted how “we have signed him because we think he has potential. The recommendation from Kaz was strong and then when we looked into him we saw many things that are marketable and we think he can draw on both sides of the ‘pond’ as they call it – not to mention he is pretty good with his hands and feet. We will present opportunities and when the bell rings, it’s up to him to have done the proper preparation. With a huge Irish connection on the East Coast, Dylan has every ingredient to become a star in Ireland and America. I am really looking forward to working with him.”
First though, Moran must get through Mizsei Jr – a fighter that has shared the ring with the likes of former world champions Terry Flanagan and Anthony Crolla during a 51-fight career. It will be the Dungarvan man’s first eight-round fight and he explains how “I need the challenge. I am the type of guy where, the better the fighter, the better Dylan turns up.”
‘Clash of the Titans’ is packed with all-Irish fights, with Victor Rabei and Jake Hanney boxing for the Irish light welterweight title in the chief support. Beyond this, there are further domestic dust-ups between lightweights Martin Quinn and Francy Luzoho, a pair of super featherweight bouts with Allan Phelan taking on Aiden Metcalfe and Kelvin McDonald facing Declan Kenna, and two light middleweights fights with Graham McCormack boxing Jade Karam and Cillian Readon clashing with Jordan Latimer.
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The undercard also features appearances for Dylan’s fellow Waterford fighter, super middleweight Craig McCarthy, Poleglass lightweight James Tennyson, Killarney super feather Siobhan O’Leary, Swords heavyweight Paddy Nevin and debuts for Kerry’s Kevin Cronin and Kildare’s Katelynn Phelan.
Tickets for the night cost €40 (general), €60 (ringside), and (€100 VIP) and are available from Ticketmaster.ie or Universe.com or by contacting Dylan Moran directly through his social media or at 087 170 3727. The fight is also live on TG4.