For the past week James Moore, 16-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, has been training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for his December 13 challenge of NABF junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, 26-0 (8 KOS).
The Top Rank-promoted show, which is being headlined by the rubber match between WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt, 24-2 (13 KOS), of Paterson , New Jersey , and former titlist Ricardo Torres, 32-2 (28 KOS), of Colombia , will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City .
The 30-year-old Moore has been running four to five miles daily, mostly on an uphill slope through the Hollywood Hills. He ends the uphill portion of his run at the famed Hollywood sign. He has also engaged in vigorous sparring with former IBF junior middleweight champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin, 36-3-1 (23 KOS), a native of Russia who resides in California .
“Roman is very strong and very technical,” said Moore . “We only sparred a few rounds, but I learned a lot from him already. Watching him on television, you don’t realize how savvy he is. He really knows his way around the ring, and I am glad to be working with him.”
This week Moore will spar with, among others, undefeated professional middleweight Craig McEwan, 13-0 (7 KOS ). The Scotsman was a rival of Moore ’s when both represented their countries during international amateur tournaments.
“Craig has very quick hands and feet, and he should be able to emulate Yuri’s style,” said Moore . “Training is going very well, and I am really looking forward to putting the first loss on Yuri’s record.”
Tickets, which range from $200 to $50, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-736-1420 . They can also be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
CONTACT for James Moore: Bob Mladinich, Premier Strategies & Communications, LLC, phone 917-204-5916 ; e-mail: Robert@premierstrat.com