Jack a NSW state cham­pion

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies - BY ROBERT MUIR

Yar­ra­wonga boxer Jack Moore is the 67kg NSW Wel­ter­weight Cham­pion af­ter suc­cess­fully claim­ing the va­cant ti­tle in Dubbo on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 16.

Just days af­ter turn­ing 17-years-of-age on De­cem­ber 2, Jack fought the far more ex­pe­ri­enced 20-year-old Os­car Doanne of Syd­ney who had 25 fights be­fore meet­ing his match.

In the NSW Com­bat Sports sanc­tioned fight watched by 500 fight fans, Jack won all four 2-minute rounds and the three judges were unan­i­mous. The win­ner, how­ever, thought the bout was shorter.

“I thought it was three rounds!” he told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle. “But I got my breath back. From the start I be­lieve I had con­trol of the fight.”

Of the re­sult and claim­ing the big belt, Jack, a Year 10 stu­dent at Yar­ra­wonga P-12, said: “I was over­whelmed, over the moon. I can’t be­lieve it. It’s awe­some, amaz­ing.

“I fought very well, I be­lieve. My rights to his ribs and my straight right were my strengths.”

It was a proud coach, Matt (Camel) Kennedy who de­scribed Jack’s fight as “prob­a­bly the best to date”. “It’s his big­gest ti­tle and was the main event on the 18-fight pro­gram at the Gar­dens Ho­tel in Dubbo,” the coach said.

“Jack’s body shots chopped his op­po­nent down. The other kid was very con­fi­dent. But af­ter the first two ex­changes the con­fi­dence was gone.

“Jack set the fight up right from the start. He stayed on the front foot and kept at­tack­ing, and nearly stopped him.”

Kennedy re­it­er­ated his pupil’s be­lief the third round was to be the last. “He gave ev­ery­thing in that round. He re­ally does fight be­yond his age. He can’t wait to turn pro.

“A key fac­tor in Jack’s suc­cess is that he does not get ner­vous - he’s calm be­fore ev­ery fight. He’s a per­fect kid for the sport and doesn’t get caught up with all the hype.”

It was also a proud Jack’s Mum, Sharon. Speak­ing to the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle at the Mur­ray River Box­ing Gym in Mul­wala last week, she said: “You can see how hard he’s work­ing and gain­ing.

“His brother and sis­ter (Zac and Zoe) are proud as punch of him.”

In Au­gust 2016, Jack won the 60-64kg Vic­to­rian Novice and In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­onship Ti­tle in Mel­bourne and at­tended the A.I.S in Can­berra the pre­vi­ous April. He is very ap­pre­cia­tive of the coach­ing de­liv­ered to him, es­pe­cially his full-time coach Camel.

Jack loved claim­ing the state ti­tle. “I slept with the belt one night,” he said. The tal­ented boxer has a firmly set goal in just un­der 12months time. “I can’t wait to turn 18 and be­come a pro,” he said.

New NSW 67kg wel­ter­weight cham­pion Jack Moore pic­tured af­ter win­ning the main event, with his proud mother Sharon.

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