HE’s said to be the next world champion hailing out of Guyana and next month, local boxing fans will get a chance to see Leon ‘Hurry-up’ Moore on display as he makes his return to the ring at the Princes Hotel and Casino. Details of Moore’s ring return are sketchy but Chronicle Sport understands that the card, Caribbean Fury 2, will come under Holland’s Entertainment which is run by former World Boxing Promoter of the year, Carwyn Holland.
Contacted yesterday, Holland said that he doesn’t want to divulge much information about the card and about Moore’s opponent, since the launching will take place today at the Princes Hotel.
It was also made known to Chronicle Sport that Women’s International Boxing Association bantamweight (WIBA) Champion Shondel Alfred will also be on show along with Brooklyn based fighter Raul Frank.
“I don’t want to say much right now about the card, but its going to be big” Holland said yesterday while adding that “lets just wait for tomorrow (today) for the press Conference. It will be at 11 am, Princes hotel, that’s where I would give out all the information and so on.”
At age 31, Moore is one of the English speaking Caribbean highest rated fighters, being ranked number five by the World Boxing Council (WBC) of July this year, seventh by the World Boxing Association (WBA) as of July also and 15th by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) as of August this year.
The Guyanese is the holder of the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) and Central American super bantamweight titles, the North American Boxing Association (NABA) bantamweight title, along with the WBA Pan Asian Boxing Association super bantamweight title.
It has been eight months since Moore has stepped into the ring with the most recent showing being at the Suntec International Convention Centre, Suntec City, Singapore where he gained a unanimous decision win over the Indonesian Marangin Marbun.
The victory over Marbun was the 31 year-old Moore’s 26th professional win in his 28 pro fight career with two controversial loses rocking his record.
In 2006, Columbian Irene Pacheco handed Moore his first defeat winning by a split decision for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Inter-continental bantamweight title.
Two judges, Milton Mercado and Manuel Arroyo both scored the fight 115-113 for Pacheco while Lionel Mercado scored it 116-113 for Moore.
Moore remains adamant that he had won the fight and later, the two judges were banned for life for tampering with the match.
The Agricola resident in 2007 then suffered a similar fate fighting against Timur Shailezov in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the North American Boxing Association (NABA) bantamweight title.