News November 2007

06.11.07 Boxer Jamie Moore challenges for Euro title

Jamie Moore insists he can't see any way that Floyd Mayweather is going to beat his good friend Ricky Hatton.

The Hitman is busy training ahead of his massive showdown with Pretty Boy Floyd on December 8, live on Sky Box Office..

British light-middleweight champion Moore knew all about Hatton's talents after the pair went toe-to-toe in their amateur days.

Now fighting out of the same gym in Manchester, he has been able to see how Hatton's preparations are going from close quarters and believes the 29-year-old is in better shape now than when he stopped Kostya Tyszu in 2005.

"He's looking unbelievable," Moore told Sky Sports News. "Even before the Kostya Tszyu fight he wasn't looking this good.

"He's right down on his weight and is looking sharp and focused and has that look in his eye that he had before he fought Tszyu.

"I just can't see Mayweather beating him. Style-wise Ricky is going to be an absolute nightmare (for Mayweather).

"If anyone can do the job it is Ricky and I really, really do believe that he will do it."

Moore will be the appetiser before the main course when he takes on reigning European light-middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov in Wigan.

The Salford southpaw is hoping he can get the night off to a perfect start for Britain before settling down to watch Hatton in action on the other side of the pond.

Unbeaten Ukrainian Baysangurov will be no pushover for Moore but, having seen footage of his opponent, he is confident he can bring home the belt.

"It's going to be a tough fight, there's no doubt about it," he admitted.

"He (Baysangurov) was an excellent amateur champion and is the European champion now, he's only had 16 fights and has won 12 by knockout.

"I've seen the tape of him and I'm 100 percent confident that I can bring that European title back to England.

"He's pretty similar to me, he's a come forward aggressive fighter. He's a bit upright and stationary like most European fighters are.

"I think I'm more adaptable than him - I've got a bit more variety and that's the reason why I'll come out on top."

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