Walkden’s former boxing world champion now trainer Jamie Moore has expressed his frustration with the sport after a controversial title fight over the weekend.
Josh Taylor won the fight against Jack Catterall in Glasgow on Saturday night in a split decision (112-113, 114-111, 113-112). The victory ensured the Scotsman remained undisputed light-welterweight champion.
Moore, 43, from Walkden, who trains light-welterweight fighter Jack Catterall, was one of thousands of people disagreeing vehemently with the decision.
Moore told Sky Sports: “He gets the opportunity, he performs like that and beats the champion in his own backyard and gets absolutely robbed.”
"It's disgusting, I don't even know what to say"
Jack Catterall's trainer @JamieMoore777 on the split-decision loss
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Talking to Sky Sports, Moore said: “I can’t put into words how disappointed I am.”
The fight which was an opportunity of a ‘lifetime’ for Catterall, would have made him a world champion, if he was on the right side of the split decision result. The 28-year-old from Chorley nicknamed ‘El Gato’ spent 15-months out of the ring in preparation for the fight with Taylor. The Chorley man himself felt hard done by and thought he deserved to be world champion.
In 2018 Moore was announced as a trainer of the year and has gone from strength to strength ever since, even opening an amateur boxing gym in Walkden.
Although the Salfordian had expressed his disgust with the sport, he said on Twitter: “I’m not going anywhere.”
The amount of messages I’ve had with a sentence in there saying “that’s made me fall out of love with boxing” or similar is ridiculous. This has got to stop before the damage is irreversible. Somethings got to be done.
— Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore777) February 28, 2022
The British Boxing Board of Control has confirmed that they will be investigating the scoring of the fight between Taylor and Catterall.
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