7 March 2009 – By Cormac Campbell
Jamie Moore and Darren Sutherland toasted glory in Wigan on Friday night with the duo recording impressive victories in front of Sky Sports’ cameras on Friday night.
30-year-old Moore was crowned light-middleweight champion of Europe with a comprehensive third round stoppage of Italy’s Michele Piccirillo in the main event while 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Sutherland advanced his professional ledger to 2-0 (2KO) with a third round stoppage of outmatched Siarhei Navarka of Belarus.
Dubliner Sutherland was in complete control from the openning bell, working behind a solid jab. Although the bout appeared to have been stopped somewhat prematurely, that the Irishman would prevail was never in doubt. The former St Saviours man already looks equipped to step up in class with a push towards a vacant Irish title shot expected before the end of the year.
Moore, Salford-born but of Irish stock can look ahead to even bigger and better things after taking his long overdue challenge in his stride. Having dominated from start to finish, Moore ended proceedings in the third round. A push towards world honours would appear to be deserved for one of boxings most under appreciated practitioners.