When Jamie Moore announced his retirement from boxing earlier this year British boxing fans lost a genuine warrior from their ranks. Moore attained British, Commonwealth and European championship belts but never made it to world title honours – that is no reflection on his ability though, more in my mind a product of being held back in domestic level fights for too long. With a final record of 32 wins (23 by KO) and 5 losses, Moore certainly can be said to have a comprehensive career and took many a scalp along the way.Two fights stick out for me though – both against tough British rivals and both real wars, the fights against Matthew Macklin and Ryan Rhodes have become classics.
Both of these fights are the kind of action that can end a career, they are the sort of fights that age their participants. Moore rose from his fight against Macklin (after his spectacular KO in the 9th round) as the genuine article but 3 long years later and now with the well-paying European title added Moore met light middleweight rival Ryan Rhodes in what would be another night of brutal brilliance. Although Moore lost the fight and with it his dreams of a world title, you couldn’t take anything away from his performance. He came to fight and in the process gave far more of himself that was required.
In his retirement statement Moore perhaps summed up his career best:
“I have had a fantastic career and achieved more than I could have dreamed of by winning Irish, British, Commonwealth and European light-middleweight titles.
I retire with my head held high knowing I contested some of the best fights ever witnessed in a British ring, and proud of the fact that, win or lose, fans were going to see an exciting fight.”