2005-08-12 / Sports

Moore Debut Starts With KO Win

By Elio Velez


James Moore sends Gabriel Garcia to the ropes in the first round at the Manhattan Center. Photo By George TsourovakasJames Moore sends Gabriel Garcia to the ropes in the first round at the Manhattan Center. Photo By George Tsourovakas The professional debut for junior middleweight boxer James Moore at the Manhattan Center last Thursday went just as he planned. Showing great punching power and ring savvy, Moore rocked Gabriel Garcia for a second round TKO at the Lou Dibella/ Damon Dash co-promoted Broadway Boxing Show at the Manhattan Center last Thursday night.

Stepping into ring as a pro has been a longtime coming for the 27 year old fighter. Originally from Arklow, Ireland and now training at the Irish Ropes Boxing Club in Arverne, Moore put on a clinic in his first bout.

Garcia, also in his first pro fight, came out slugging against Moore in the first 30 seconds of the fight. Moore withstood the pressure, began to land combinations and gained control of the fight.

Holding off an early onslaught of punches from an opponent is not new for Moore. He’s been involved in three hundred amateur fights throughout the world and won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2001.

“I’ve had so many amateur fights and when you step into any ring, you have to expect everything in boxing, so you‘re not going to be surprised about anything,” Moore said.

A swinging right hand hit Garica flush on the right cheek and sent down the boxer in the first of two knockdowns in the round.

“The gameplan was to start with my left and take him down with my right,” Moore said. “The right hand is predominately stronger than my left hand but I can find the range to put get my jab and put some powerful shots and accuracy.”

Garcia once again felt the canvas when Moore connected on a right to the jaw as the round almost ended.

With a sizable contingent of fans cheering him on from New York and Boston, the second round was just a matter of when, not if, Moore was going to win. He unveiled an arsenal of shots to the body and it was too much for the Bronx fighter, who went down for the last time late in the second.

Eddie McLoughlin, a part of the management team for fellow Irish Ropes middleweight contender John Duddy, was impressed with Moore’s abilities Thursday night.

“He looked very good. Very strong and it’s the first time I’ve seen him

fig ht in person. I’ve seen tapes of him before,” McLoughlin said.

“He hits his shots and it’s pinpoint accuracy.”

Starting out professionally at what critics consider a late age at 27 does not faze Moore at all.

A couple of setbacks prevented his arriving from Ireland according to Moore. He exudes the confidence and believes it’s just a matter of time that he will become a champions will fuel his desire to step into the ring and make up lost time. Moore’s next fight will take place early in September.

“My ambition was always to come here. I always wanted to fight here. I’ve been waiting for a long time.”

Notes

Jaidon Codrington (9-0, 9 KO’s) impressed the capacity crowd of the Manhattan Center with a strong five round TKO victory in the main event over Levan Easley (17-12-2, 8 KO’s).

“The Don” won the New York State Super Middleweight Title and is quickly establishing himself as one of the up and coming contenders in boxing.

Queens cruiserweight fighter Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor lost an unanimous 10 round decision to “Punching” Pat Nwamu. It was the first loss in 11 fights for “Hino”, who could not force the issue against the unorthodox style from Nwamu.

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