Bat­tling Moore comes up short in ti­tle fight Ark­low na­tive loses out to Fore­man in NABF ti­tle bout

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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.’

James Moore

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