By Derek Gionta: A man with a common name, yet uncommon goal of becoming a top-tier prize fighter will trade leather for the first time in just over a year on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights under card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Cleveland’s Michael Moore has been on the shelf since his last victory on May 19, 2012. On that night Moore defeated Michael Walker for the Ohio State Middleweight title by an 8 round majority decision.
Moore, (11-0, 6 KOs), a married man and father of two children, will take on the rugged, upset-minded veteran Doel Carrasquillo, (17-23-1, 14 KOs), of Lancaster, PA in the 8 round swing bout on Friday night.
"I know he is a tough veteran who always comes to fight. I know he is going to come forward and press the action," said Moore.
The fight will take place at 154-lbs (plus one), a weight class above where he plans to campaign going forward in his career. "147 seems to be where the money and big fights are and I would like a piece of it," said Moore.
Moore described his career as fast-paced prior to his bout against Walker last year, relishing the opportunity to begin fighting 8-rounders. The tables turned a bit, leaving Moore with a sense of urgency to get back in the ring.
As far as the 26-year old southpaw’s inactivity, Moore said, "My career was at a standstill. Almost a year later I got a call from Studio Brow to join their team. Within months I had a fight on an ESPN card."
The owner of Studio Brow, Chris Jardine, offered to bring Moore to Connecticut to boost his career. Jardine, along with Massimo Liguori, are now the management team for Moore, who recently began training under the tutelage of Mike Conroy of East Haven, Connecticut.
The glossy undefeated record has drawn interest from some promoters. "I’ve had numerous offers but am awaiting the best deal." Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will host the event, headlined by Delvin Rodriguez. They will get a close glimpse of the Cleveland native and have him in a challenging fight against Carrasquillo. Matchmaker Ron Katz is no stranger to making competitive fights, an ingredient many prospects need in order to assess where they’re at and what improvements are needed to become better fighters.
"I’ve been in camps with K-9 Bundrage and Alfredo Angulo to name a couple," said Moore. "I’ve helped those guys get ready for fights." The experience in those camps may have given Moore the intangibles he needed going into bigger fights. Friday Night, whether on TV or not, Moore will face an opportunity to grow as a fighter and cement himself as a prospect on the rise.
"I want the boxing world to be prepared for the return of Michael Moore."
May 21, 2013