Boxer James Moore mulls over comeback for Irish version of “The Prizefighter TV”
Moore back in training
James Moore (17-3, 10 KOs) is back in training and thinking about a return to the ring in May if an Irish version of The Prizefighter TV show goes ahead.
Moore was last in action on June 2010 when he lost a unanimous decision to Pawel Wolak at Yankee Stadium, but he never officially retired and has always kept his options open.
“I have always been in the gym, but I hadn’t planned on any fights unless the right one came my way,” he told the Irish Voice on Monday.
“Nothing has been signed and I am still in talks, but my name has been mentioned.”
The proposed Prizefighter features eight middleweights in a winner-takes-all competition that consists of three-round fights.
To win outright, a fighter must win his quarterfinal, semifinal and final bouts all in the same night. At the end of the night, the victor walks away with a check for £32,000 (just over $50,000).
Moore said that Irish-boxing.com contacted him on behalf of English promoter Eddie Hearn, and that he would be open to taking a place in the Irish Prizefighter should it go ahead.
Moore has been working out at Darko Boxing Gym in Queens with Innocent Tuente-Tamo as he takes the early steps of getting back into fighting shape.
“I am still in the process of taking off the rust. I am back training a few weeks and I feel like the conditioning is coming back. I have sparred with a few novices and with one pro,” said Moore, who added that his absence from the ring was not because of lack of options.
“I was offered fights but they never appealed to me.”
Moore went on to say that there were several factors that make the Irish Prizefighter a good option for him.
The first is the middleweight limit. Moore fought all his major fights as a professional as a junior middleweight, but dropping to 154 lbs has always been a challenge.
With Moore turning 34 on Sunday, the 160-limit is something he feels is better for his body at this stage of his career.
Another factor in his decision is the opportunity to fight in Ireland. Moore fought only once at home as a professional (back in 2006 when he knocked Salaheddine Sarhani out in the fourth round at the National Stadium in Dublin), and he would love to fight in front in front of friends and family in Ireland.
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