Salford’s irrepressible Light-Middleweight contender Jamie Moore has been frustrated in his attempts to secure a progressive contest for the European (EBU) belt vacated by Michele Piccirillo. Speaking to the Salford Advertiser, Moore lamented the missed opportunity; “I’m disappointed to have missed out on a European title fight. But it’s not the first time that a fight I wanted has not come off and I’m sure it won’t be the last.”
Despite holding a strong run of form, the British title and a victories over Michael Jones who challenged Piccirillo last time out two other fighters have been ranked above Moore (#3) and will contest the vacated belt. The belt all but ensures a top 10 WBC ranking, Moore already holds that status, but would have further enhanced the 28 year old’s credentials for a world title fight.
Moore will now need to find a new opponent for a show on July 6th at the Goerge Carnell Centre and unless he is willing to vacate his British belt he will be forced to fight the awkward Andrew Facey who has become his mandatory challenger. Not an opponent likely to enthuse or invigour a champion who has repeatedly clamoured to move beyond the British scene in the past 12 months.
It will be interesting to see if another international opponent can be found to stimulate the aspiring puncher.
Salford Advertiser feature more detail.