Yarrawonga boxer Jack Moore is the 67kg NSW Welterweight Champion after successfully claiming the vacant title in Dubbo on Saturday, December 16.
Just days after turning 17-years-of-age on December 2, Jack fought the far more experienced 20-year-old Oscar Doanne of Sydney who had 25 fights before meeting his match.
In the NSW Combat Sports sanctioned fight watched by 500 fight fans, Jack won all four 2-minute rounds and the three judges were unanimous. The winner, however, thought the bout was shorter.
“I thought it was three rounds!” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “But I got my breath back. From the start I believe I had control of the fight.”
Of the result and claiming the big belt, Jack, a Year 10 student at Yarrawonga P-12, said: “I was overwhelmed, over the moon. I can’t believe it. It’s awesome, amazing.
“I fought very well, I believe. My rights to his ribs and my straight right were my strengths.”
It was a proud coach, Matt (Camel) Kennedy who described Jack’s fight as “probably the best to date”. “It’s his biggest title and was the main event on the 18-fight program at the Gardens Hotel in Dubbo,” the coach said.
“Jack’s body shots chopped his opponent down. The other kid was very confident. But after the first two exchanges the confidence was gone.
“Jack set the fight up right from the start. He stayed on the front foot and kept attacking, and nearly stopped him.”
Kennedy reiterated his pupil’s belief the third round was to be the last. “He gave everything in that round. He really does fight beyond his age. He can’t wait to turn pro.
“A key factor in Jack’s success is that he does not get nervous - he’s calm before every fight. He’s a perfect kid for the sport and doesn’t get caught up with all the hype.”
It was also a proud Jack’s Mum, Sharon. Speaking to the Yarrawonga Chronicle at the Murray River Boxing Gym in Mulwala last week, she said: “You can see how hard he’s working and gaining.
“His brother and sister (Zac and Zoe) are proud as punch of him.”
In August 2016, Jack won the 60-64kg Victorian Novice and Intermediate Championship Title in Melbourne and attended the A.I.S in Canberra the previous April. He is very appreciative of the coaching delivered to him, especially his full-time coach Camel.
Jack loved claiming the state title. “I slept with the belt one night,” he said. The talented boxer has a firmly set goal in just under 12months time. “I can’t wait to turn 18 and become a pro,” he said.