The Waterford welter scored a four-round points win over late replacement Kevin McCauley last Friday at the Village Hotel in Bury and on March 3rd he will finally make his Irish debut with an undercard slot on the massive Ireland’s Last Man Standing show at the National Stadium in Dublin.
An easygoing character, a late switch from Hungarian journeyman Georgo Vari to the rugged and larger McCauley was no issue for Moran who told Irish-Boxing.com that it “didn’t bother me at all.”
“It doesn’t make a difference who it is, a fights a fight and I’ve got to win.”
“That’s the attitude you have to have because late change of opponent happens and you can’t leave it bother you.”
In the end it turned out to be a good scrap, with the ultradurable McCauley, who has been known to upset prospects, being able to just about withstand the pressure and punches thrown at him by Moran.
The Kilmacthomas 23-year-old described how “the fight went well, it had everyone on their feet and it was exciting.Kevin McCauley is a tough customer and we entertained.”
“At certain points the ref was going to stop it but I’m glad he didn’t because I was enjoying it.”
“Everybody loves to get the knockout and if it’s there, I’m taking it – but having guys that have it out with you is just as exciting.”
“I love a tear-up. I don’t think I’m ever going to be in a boring fight.”
“You learn a lot more about yourself in tough fights don’t gain much from the quick knockouts.”
There was no week-long bender or holiday in the sun for the Déise fighter following the win. Moran was straight back into camp in Manchester with coach and manager Kieran Farrell for his next fight date.
Following a few slots which fell through last year, ‘The Real Deal’ will finally get to show Irish fight fans why he is nicknamed so when he boxes at the National Stadium next Saturday.
A return to the Stadium has always been the plan for the former Dungarvan amateur who explained how “the homecoming is a big deal.”
“Before I went pro I said I’ll move to England, build my profile, and then have a fight at home and now it’s here.”
“I’m heading for 5-0, the time’s flying. I’ve got a big following who have made the trips over and back to England and now it’s the first one at home and it’s shaping up to be a great night.”
“I remember being at all the pro shows in the stadium as a kid picturing myself fighting there and now it’s here I’m more than ready and excited to put on a show.”
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