The Deserving Jamie Moore Has Hopes For World Title Shot, Also Eyeing The Winner Of Mayorga-Angulo

by James Slater - Ask anyone who has seen him fight, and they will tell you British light-middleweight Jamie Moore is both a crowd-pleasing warrior each and every time out, and that if ever a warrior was long overdue a shot at a world title it is him. Thankfully, at long last, the future is looking as though it just might reward the 30-year-old southpaw with what he deserves..

Facing the Italian, Michele Piccirillo for the vacant European 154-pound title on March 6th, Moore is hopeful a win - especially an impressive one - will "open massive doors" for him at world level. Salford man Moore, 30-3(21), has also spoken of how he will be a very keen observer of the upcoming clash between Ricardo Mayorga and Alfredo Angulo.
Speaking with PA Sport, Moore began by speaking about his long overdue crack at the European title, which will come against the 50-4(29) former IBF welterweight champion.

"We've got to make sure we do a number on Piccirillo and leave nothing to chance," Moore said. "It will make the last thee years of frustration all worthwhile. I should have fought for the European title three years ago. I'll take all my frustration out on Piccirillo now. The European title would open massive doors for me."

The 38-year-old Piccirillo is a crafty veteran and he will be no easy fight for Moore. However, this writer picks Jamie's sheer desire and superior physical strength to see him to victory.

Moore spoke about what a win will lead to, and who he'd like to fight.

"I've just read Ricardo Mayorga is fighting Alfredo Angulo in a WBC eliminator. I'd like the winner of that. At this stage in my career I want to be in big, meaningful fights which are going to enhance my reputation, move me up the ratings and put a few quid in the bank. I'm 30 now, I've had a few injury problems which have held me back and I need to get a shift on.

"I'll fight anybody in the world now. I've not got any more learning to do, I'm not going to get any better. I'll probably improve by being more active, but skill-wise and knowledge-wise I don't think I'm going to get any better. It's a case of sharpening the tools and seeing how I fare."

Moore, with his gutsy, all-action approach, would, this writer believes, fare well against a number of the elite men at 154-pounds. Hopefully, after he's done away with the Italian, Moore will get the chance to prove it.

A fight that sees Moore Vs. either Mayorga or Angulo would, for one, be a barnstormer - and victory would surely get Moore his earned shot at world glory.

Moore added in the interview that he feels the US audience would love his style of ring craft.

"I think they'll love me over in America, the style of my fighting will go down a storm," Jamie said, correctly.

Article posted on 21.01.2009

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