By Jonny Stapleton
2001 World Amateur Championship bronze medallist James Moore is the latest Irish middleweight to throw his hat in the potentail Middleweight all Irish Prizefighter ring.
Having shared the ring with the likes of Yuri Foreman and Pawel Wolak during his 20 fight career the American based Arklow native is certainly the most experienced of the names touted so far.
Moore can also boast a a strong amateur pedigree having won senior Irish titles and performing on the world stage over ten years ago.
As a result some would instil the 31 year old as one of the favourites to bank the £32,000 winner cheque. However, after reviewing the list of potential opponents and taking into account his year long fight sabbatical the fighter himself believes if Prizefighter is made for May 5 in Belfast as expected it will be an even affair.
“I heard about Prizefighter and I am interested,” Moore told www.irish-boxing.com.
“I am already in training so it wouldn’t take me long to get ready to fight. I haven’t fought in over a year, but I never said I was retired. I’ll always be a fighter. I do think Prizefighter will probably be a near enough level playing field because of my inactivity. However, when I look at the middle and light middle weight divisions they are not as strong as they were a few years ago. Whether I get the call for Prizefighter or not I’m still keeping in shape and if an opportunity comes my way I’ll be ready.”