Jordan Moore – “I put on a big display”

Glasnevin flyweight Jordan Moore won his fourth Irish title on Friday at the National Under-22 Championships with what was probably the performance of the night.

The 18 year old defeated the game Jason McKay of Holy Family GG via unanimous decision following a classy performance at the National Stadium.

The rangey Dubliner threw a vast array of shots, and turned on the style in the final round with some stunning footwork and shot selection, forcing his Belfast opponent into taking a late count.

Moore was happy with his showing, and told Irish-Boxing.com afterwards that “it went well. I boxed in the semis last week, won well, I think it was a split but I felt I won all three rounds. This week I put on a big display, I gave him a standing count in the third, it was a good enough performance.”

The tournament was a big change for the young Dub who was competing at the World Youth Championships at light flyweight just a couple of months ago. Moore is enjoying the step up in weight and the step up to adult level, and described how “I feel a lot better at 52kg, I killed myself making the weight at 49kg. I prefer boxing without the headguard. When you get caught with a big shot without it, it sort of hits and slips, but with a headguard it sort of sticks and you can feel your head shaking a lot more. It’s a lot easier slipping shots as well. although the side of my head is sore, we smashed heads and I got hit with elbows about ten times, that’s the only thing.”

High Performance Unit Head Coach Zaur Antia was in attendance on the night and the Georgian took a particular liking to Moore, holding him back for a discussion at the medal presentation.

“He was saying that I could be selected for the European Under-22s in Romania,” Moore explained. “I’d be happy to take that. I wont be doing the Senior Championships, I’m still only Youth, I’m only a kid like in boxing terms, I still have a lot of time to fill out. So the Europeans would be unbelievable and a great experience at my age.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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