2005-11-11 / Sports

Moore Shakes Off Injury For Win

By Elio Velez

James Moore lands a left hook to the body of opponent Manjie Conteh in the second round. Photo by Pete Borriello.James Moore lands a left hook to the body of opponent Manjie Conteh in the second round. Photo by Pete Borriello. After three hundred amateur fights, middleweight boxer James Moore has gone through any obstacle that’s been thrown in his path. Even a rib injury did not stop him from defeating Manjie Conteh with a TKO in the third round in the undercard of “The Homecoming” at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

While sparring with fellow Irish Ropes Boxing Club fighter John Duddy, Moore was hit with a right hook to the ribcage that took him out of action for a few days. The doctors diagnosed that the ribs was bruised. But after a few days of rest, Moore re-aggravated the injury and stayed out of the ring until the day of the fight.

In his fourth professional fight, Moore came out strong and dictated the tempo early on. Though he was cautious about the injury, Moore wasn’t wary in unleashing his punches. In his last fight, Moore was knocked down for the first time in his pro career even though he won in a four round decision. His defense against Conteh was much better and it allowed Moore to feel comfortable in landing his strong hand to the head.

With Conteh on the ropes, Moore flushed a left hook to the jaw and followed up with a right hand that put his opponent on the floor late in the second round. The bell saved him from getting counted out but Moore would keep on the attack.

In the third round, Conteh tried to connect with a right hook but as Moore swerved to get out of the way, he reinjured the ribs. But he dismissed the pain and kept to the gameplan of using his left jab to open up his attack.

“I had to keep my hands up especially after the first round. I knew after the first few punches, I knew I was landing them. If I kept it straight I knew I would land them.

“I just held my head up and I knew my ribs were sore. I wasn’t afraid of hurting it more,” Moore said.

The final flurry started with Moore left jab which followed with two sweeping right jabs that finally ended the fight at 2:34 of the third round.

Trainer Harry Keitt was impressed with Moore’s determination to shake off the hurt and capture his fourth win and third knockout.

“He improved from last time. There was no knockdown. He was working the body more,” Keitt said.

“He kept up his hands high. There was no shot that hurt him. It was just a wonderful thing because he’s on the right path. And he has the talent of a professional fighter. He keeps working hard and keeps listening and being humble, the sky is the limit.”

Though Moore dismissed the pain, he could not ignore the New York State Boxing doctors’ assessment. After the fight, they said the injury was serious enough that Moore must stay off his feet for four weeks, which will jeopardize his next scheduled fight on December 9.

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