New York Boxing Scene Abuzz About Return of James Moore; Emile Griffith To Release His New Biography

The extremely popular junior middleweight James Moore, 15-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights of out Queens, New York, can’t wait for his August 6th battle against veteran Lloyd Christian Joseph, 12-6-3 (5 KOS), a New Yorker by way of the Virgin Islands..

The fight, which is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment, is being held at B.B. Kings Blues Club in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Part of promoter Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing series, the card is being called “Hot Fights, Summer in the City.”

Headlining is former world lightweight champion Randall Bailey, 36-6 (33 KOS), of Miami, vs. Dairo Esalas, 31-13 (25 KOS), of Colombia. Popular New York heavyweight Vinny Maddalone, 29-4 (20 KOS), is also on the show.

Although Moore lost a disputed decision to Gabriel Rosado in his last fight on June 4, here’s what a host of observers had to say about him.

Steve Farhood, Broadway Boxing commentator: “James is a very fan-friendly fighter whose body attack alone makes him entertaining. Every time out, his vast wealth of amateur experience provides a solid foundation for him. He’s the type of fighter who adds value to every card he appears on.”

Promoter Lou DiBella: “I love his body punching. When you combine that with his tenacity in the ring, it is hard to imagine him ever being in a bad fight.”

DiBella commenting on the Moore accepting such a tough challenge in George, so soon after experiencing his first defeat: “That shows me that James is a real fighter. I hope to do lots more fights with him in the future. He was willing to get right back on the horse against a guy who is not a pitty-pat opponent.”

Promoter Sal Musemeci: “James is a very rugged and crowd pleasing fighter. He sells a lot of tickets and has a lot of enthusiastic fans. He generates excitement.”

Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone: “There’s no doubt that James can come back and be a world champion someday. He’s very strong-willed and has a ton of guts and determination. I’ll be rooting for him. He’s a dynamite fighter and a great guy.”

B.B. Kings is located at 237 West 42 Street in Manhattan. Tickets are priced from $60 to $160. Very few tickets are still available. Call DBE at 212-947-2577 for more information


NEW YORK (July 29, 2008) – Boxing legend Emile Griffith will be in Delaware on Thursday August 14 to promote his new biography written with acclaimed author Ron Ross entitled “Nine…Ten…And Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith”.

The former World Champion will first be visiting Delaware’s pride and joy Class A baseball team, the Wilmington Blue Rocks as they play a game against the Salem Avalanche on August 14, game time 7:05pm. Griffith will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Frawley Stadium and then sign copies of his new book on the concourse of the stadium during the first few innings of the game. Books will be available for sale at the stadium.

Griffith will go from Wilmington to New Castle where he will participate in Dave Tiberi’s Night of Champions Boxing Social at the Clarion Belle just west of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The event’s purpose is to bring together executives from the corporate world and current and former boxers to focus on issues such as health care and pensions for current and former professional boxers.

“I am excited to be promoting the sport of boxing through my story at two wonderful events in Delaware on August 14,” said Griffith. “I love baseball and will look to have a lot of fun with fans in Wilmington. I am also proud to be apart of the Night of Champions Boxing Social to help put focus on important issues that many people don’t know a lot about.”

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