Battling Moore comes up short in title fight Arklow native loses out to Foreman in NABF title bout
WICKLOW BOXER James Moore came up short in his attempt to wrest the NABF title from Yuri Foreman in Atlantic City on Saturday,
However, although the junior middleweight, who is a native of Arklow and fights out of Queens, New York, lost a one-sided decision to champion Yuri Foreman, he is undeterred in his quest to move up the boxing ladder.
Moore, 16-2 (ten knockouts), never stopped trying to catch up to the fleet-footed and quick-fisted Foreman, who saw his record to improve to 27-0 (eight knockouts).
‘My goal was to chop him down, but I just couldn’t do it,’ said Moore, who suffered an injured ear and a cut on his left eyelid that required seven stitches.
‘The ear affected my balance, but that is not what cost me the fight. My trainer, Lennox Blackmoore, had given me a good game plan, but I didn’t stick to it because it was so frustrating trying to catch up to him.
‘Yuri is a very good fighter, and I tip my hat to him.’
Making things even more daunting for Moore was a huge blood blister on his right big toe, which he says burst around the seventh round.
When he took his white sock off after the fight, you could ring the blood out of the sock.
‘That was painful, but it also had little to do with the outcome,’ said the refreshingly candid Moore.
‘He fought his fight, and I didn’t fight mine. He was the better man tonight.’
Moore will recuperate over the holidays, and then map out his boxing future. Although he lost this bout, he was very thankful for the support he received from the several busloads of fans that came from New York to cheer him on.
‘Having all of those fans in attendance helped me a great deal,’ said Moore.
‘They gave me a lot of encouragement. I fought hard, and never stopped trying to win.
‘It was great to have their support, even though I would have liked the outcome to be different.’