Ahead of Friday’s homecoming title fight in Castlebar, boxer Ray Moylette has revealed how he became disillusioned with the amateur game following the Olympic Games in Rio.
Moylette will put his unbeaten professional record on the line (11 wins, no defeats) when he takes on Mexican Christian Uruzquieta for the WBC International Silver Lightweight title.
It is now a far cry from a dark period during his amateur days where he admits he "fell out of love" with the sport.
It followed the 2016 Olympic Games which saw Michael Conlon’s defeated by Russian Vladamir Nikitin in controversial circumstances, one of a number of contentious decisions that summer.
The former Irish amateur champion, a gold medalist at the 2011 European Amateur Championships who twice missed out on Olympic qualification at the final qualifying hurdle, said his decision to join the paid ranks was influenced by events in Brazil and the general stare of Irish boxing.
"My hand was forced really," he told RTÉ Sport’s Darren Frehill, "after watching the Olympic Games in Rio, the terrible decision making and judging in the fights.
"It wasn’t something I took lightly, to give up on my dream. I felt I had no choice."
"Could I put another four years of my life on hold and have someone take it away from me like it was taken away from Michael Conlon?
"I fell out of love with boxing."
Where does he point the finger of blame for the difficulties in the amateur game?
"These are amateur athletes, doing it for the love of the sport and the pride of their country. It’s not fair that money is at the forefront"
"The scandal and corruption of amateur boxing over the last number of years, it has increased. The whole boxing community is responsible for this," he says from his training base at St Anne’s boxing club.
"They (International Boxing Association) should change the structure in the way it is run.
"These are amateur athletes, doing it for the love of the sport and the pride of their country. It’s not fair that money is at the forefront and power has taken over.
"The boxers are the one suffering. It's the guys at the top making the decisions who are benefitting."
Moylette has been fighting primarily in the USA and in England, fighting 11 times in the space of 16 months, but will enjoy home advantage against
The 28-year-old weighted in at 141.7lbs just a week out from the bout and revealed that he had been sparring with former world champion Anthony Crolla ahead of his title fight.