Mooresy: The Fighter’s Fighter – Jamie Moore’s story

Derek Hammond 23/07/2016

“The first time I met Jamie Moore was in the ring. We were only 15 years old, in the first round of the Schoolboy Championships. For the first minute he was jabbing and moving well, so I decided to throw a big left hook to the head, which missed him by a mile. He ducked under it and moved to the centre of the ring. I thought to myself, ‘Wow! I’ve got me hands full here’.” – Ricky Hatton

Mooresy: The Fighter’s Fighter is the life story of one of Britain’s most-loved boxers. Not always an angelic teen and a product of the ‘Salford Overspill’, Jamie Moore was sucked into the slipstream of the thrill which came with car theft. At 15, his luck ran out after a helicopter police chase. Boxing turned out to be his saviour.

Progressing through the amateur ranks, he turned pro in 1999 aged 20 and went on to become British, Irish, Commonwealth and European light middleweight champion. Known by many as ‘Britain’s most exciting fighter’ Moore engaged in some epic battles, and was one half of boxing’s Fight of the Year three times within a five-year period. Four shoulder operations and three brain scans prompted him to quit in 2010.

He was snapped up by Sky Sports and started training his own stable of champions. Life was good. That life was almost permanently taken away from him in August 2014, after being shot at five times in Marbella. Despite having a bullet lodged in his right hip and constant pain to his left leg as a result of another bullet passing straight through his thigh, Moore does not dwell on his brush with death. His serene acceptance of life is inspirational as he remains a husband, proud father, former champion, trainer – and occasional actor.

In Mooresy, you will discover how ‘The Fighter’s Fighter’:

· Won and defended the British title seven times in total.

· Made history by being the only man in 100 years from Salford to win the Lonsdale belt outright.

· Beat Matthew Macklin in a barbaric 2006 fight rated one of Britain’s best ever domestic dust-ups.

· Was ranked as high as No2 in the world by the WBC at his peak.

· Boasts a professional fight record, 1999-2010, of 32 wins and 5 defeats.

· Was left with over three feet of scarring on his left leg after bullet trauma surgery, and seriously impaired nerve function due to the trail of destruction as a bullet right passed through his thigh.

· Is a proud and active patron of Niamh’s Next Step charity, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to battle neuroblastoma.

· Is also a mad Manchester United fan, and very proud of his Irish roots.

Paul Zanon is the author of No1 Bestseller Jimmy Tibbs – Sparring with Life; The Yorkshire Hunter, the life story of former double world boxing champion Paul Ingle; and David Beckett’s The Loonliness of a Deep Sea Diver. He was previously the boxing correspondent for the Daily Sport from 2012-2015, and currently contributes to Boxing Monthly.