Ray Moylette is two wins away from Olympic qualification

The Mayo native is fighting at the final Olympic qualifier in Venezuela

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Ray Moylette. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Colm O'Neill

Ireland's Olympic boxers took part in their final Dublin event on Friday night in the National Stadium.

While the eight-strong team rightly lapped up the applause from the home crowd, Ray Moylette was training in Venezuela hoping to grab the last spot on the team.

The Mayo boxer is fighting in the 64kg Light-Welterweight event at the APB and WSB Olympic Qualifier knowing two wins will book his place in Rio de Janeiro next month.

Moylette was due to fight Dean Walsh last month with a hope of reaching the World Olympic Qualifier last month, but the box-off was postponed by the Irish High Performance Unit. Both men travelled to Azerbaijan where Walsh was picked in a pre-tournament training camp. The Wexford native failed to qualify, which reopened the door to Moylette.

Due to competing on the AIBA Pro Boxing circuit earlier this year, Moylette qualified for the competition taking place this weekend in South America. He faces Armenia's Hovhannes Bachkov on Monday evening knowing a win, will leave him nine minutes away from a trip to Brazil.

If Moylette were to qualify, Ireland would have one of the biggest teams in Brazil, with nine fighters out of a maximum of 13 competing next month.