Box-off for Moylette to book place in World Championships

Ray Moylette will face off against Ross Hickey in the National Stadium in Dublin this day week, September 2 for a place in the Irish squad for World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Moylette, who claimed the European Championship at the light welterweight (65kg ) grade, will be looking to defeat Hickey who is currently the Irish senior champion at the same weight. The national organising body decided to have a box-off between the two boxers for a seat on the plane to Azerbaijan because Moylette was injured prior to Irish qualifiers for the tournament, while Hickey was unable to travel to the European Championships, which was won by Moylette.

If the Islandeady man, who has already in his career claimed a gold in the World Youth Championships to go with European senior gold, beats Hickey he would be seeded in the World Championships due to the fact he is a European Champion, unlike the Irish champion Hickey.

If Moylette manages to see off Hickey and make it to the World Championships he can book his place in next year’s Olympic games in London with a strong performance in the contest. Qualification for the biggest sporting event in the world can be achieved by reaching the quarter finals at least of the World Championship or by being defeated by either the silver or gold medalist at the championship in the last 16 of the championship. Another round of qualifiers will take place next April which will be the last chance to reach London 2012.


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