New York-based Irishman James Moore is pulling for good pal Paul Malignaggi against Ricky Hatton

James Moore, 16-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, has been training hard at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for his December 13 challenge of NABF junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, 26-0 (8 KOS), at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City..

He is looking forward to a much-needed respite on November 22, when he and trainer Lennox Blackmoore will watch the highly-anticipated Ricky Hatton-Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi junior welterweight fight on HBO.

Moore, who has sparred many rounds with Malignaggi at Gleason’s Gym in New York, and even traveled to Sicily to spar with the Magic Man when he trained for his last IBF title defense against Lovemore N’dou, will be cheering him on.

“Paulie and I are good friends, and we have worked well together on many occasions,” said the 30-year-old Moore. “Fighting Hatton isn’t easy for anyone because he is so relentless, but Paulie has the speed and movement to beat him. It’s pretty hard to out-finesse Paulie because he is such a good boxer. I am really looking forward to watching the fight, and will be cheering Paulie on all the way. I expect him to win a convincing decision.”

Moore’s bout against Foreman is being promoted by Top Rank, as part of a show headlined by the rubber match between WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt, 24-2 (13 KOS), of Paterson, New Jersey, and former titlist Ricardo Torres, 32-2 (28 KOS), of Colombia.

A large contingent of the enormously popular Moore’s enthusiastic fans is expected to make the trek to see the fight live. Tickets can be purchased in the New York area at Bar 43, 43-06 43rd Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104, phone 718-361-3090; the Fiddlers Pub, 52-75 65th Street, Maspeth, NY 11378; or through Moore’s adviser Barney Moore (no relation), phone 917-559-8467.

Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster outlets,, or by phone at 1-800-736-1420. They can also be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Article posted on 21.11.2008

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