Moore upbeat despite defeat

15 December 2008 – Press Release

Although junior middleweight James Moore lost a points decision to NABF champion Yuri Foreman in Atlantic City on December 13, the New York based Wicklowman is undeterred in his quest to move up the boxing ladder.

Moore, (16-2 10 KOS), never stopped trying to catch up to the fleet-footed and quick-fisted Foreman (27-0 8 KOS) in the 10 round bout televised on ShoBox: The New Generation.

My goal was to chop him down, but I just couldnt do it, said Moore, who suffered an injured ear and a cut on his left eyelid that required seven stitches.

The ear affected my balance, but that is not what cost me the fight. My trainer, Lennox Blackmoore, had given me a good game plan, but I didnt stick to it because it was so frustrating trying to catch up to him. Yuri is a very good fighter, and I tip my hat to him.

Making things even more daunting for Moore was a huge blood blister on his right big toe, which he says burst around the seventh round. When he took his white sock off after the fight, you could ring the blood out of the sock.

That was painful, but it also had little to do with the outcome, said the candid Moore.

He fought his fight, and I didnt fight mine. He was the better man tonight.

Moore will recuperate over Christmas, and then map out his boxing future. The Irishman is thankful for the incredible support he enjoyed in New Jersey.

Having all of those fans in attendance helped me a great deal. They gave me a lot of encouragement. I fought hard, and never stopped trying to win. It was great to have their support, even though I would have liked the outcome to be different.

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