by James Slater – Tonight, in Sunderland, U.K, 30-year-old European light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore of Salford made very short work of his Ukrainian challenger Roman Dzuman. Stopping the 33-year-old in the 2nd round with a fine body attack, the southpaw looked sharp, powerful and incredibly hungry. Improving to 31-3(22), Moore now hopes for a long overdue shot at a major world title. Dzuman, who gave it a go in the opening round, fell to 23-6-1(10)..
Moore, looking in great shape, came out throwing good right jabs at Dzuman. Dzuman, too, looked quite fast-handed, but the gulf in sheer power and desire was already apparent. A bizarre slip to the mat was suffered by the challenger, and he was also under real pressure in the round’s last minute. Stuck in a corner and under fire as Moore banged away with both hands – some good shots to the body in particular – the 33-year-old managed to hang tough. Not for long, however.
His punches bang on target, the champ unloaded a cracking left hand to the midsection in the 2nd round, sending the challenger to the floor in severe pain. Bravely beating the count, Dzuman was soon under another onslaught as Moore wasted no time at all going for the finish. A left hand snapped Dzuman’s head back, and then another left to the body made him turn away and take a second count from the referee Adrio Zannoni. Counted out in the act of act of rising, Dzuman had had all the fight completely knocked out of him.
Very much wanting and very much ready for bigger and better things, Moore called once again for a world title fight whilst being interviewed post-fight. Looking as though he is right at his peak, Moore – who destroyed the respected Michele Piccirillo inside three rounds to take the title in his last fight – more than deserves what he is asking for. Promoter Frank Maloney said there are negotiations underway for a Moore word title shot, but he did not say against which 154-pound champion.
Judging by how sharp and accurate with his punches he has been in his last few fights, Moore would have to be given at least a good chance against the likes of a Vernon Forrest or a Cory Spinks. What is certain is the fact that Moore needs no further fights against men the calibre of the opponent he did away with in almost effortless fashion tonight.