Precious few fighters boast the universal respect afforded to blue-collar banger Jamie Moore. The Salford Light-Middleweight is one of British boxing’s most well-respected professionals and the news his challenge to Zaurbek Baysangurov for the European title at 154 pounds has finally been confirmed will be widely welcomed. Delayed by Moore’s career threatening shoulder injury and a late nose injury to the champion back in December, the fight began to sound like an urban legend – everyone talked about it, but nobody could prove it was real.
Moore now has his date. September 26th at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena, so home advantage secured Moore may well enter the bout as a strong favourite but to dismiss the capabilities of the Ukranian would be glib and short-sighted. He is young, just 23, and tall too. Not to mention active and unbeaten.
For his part Moore has returned to action and banked valuable rounds and confidence following his shoulder operation, curiously winning the Irish Light-Middleweight title in 3 rounds in July. In the press release circulated by Frank Maloney today, Moore speaks of his desire to meet Oscar DeLaHoya next year. Which is little more than a whimsical day-dream for the 29 year old but there wouldn’t be many who would begrudge one of British boxing’s most entertaining and honest fighters the opportunity.
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