Moore Stops Facey
British light welterweight champion Jamie Moore (28-3, 19 KOs) stopped challenger Andrew Facey (19-5-1, 3 KOs) in the the 11th round on Friday night at the Robin Park Centre, Wigan, in Lancashire, England. Facey, 35, was knocked down twice in the 11th round, prompting for referee Howard John to waive off the fight at 2:14 of the round after Facey was knocked down with a left-right combination. Facey, who sported a four inch height advantage over the 5’8″ Moore was knocked down in the 9th round after getting tagged with a big right hand while he was attempting to throw a punch.
Moore followed up with two quick left hooks, sending Facey to the canvas. Immediately upon getting up, Facey was hit two more times before the referee could pull off Moore and give the proper standing eight count to Facey. Before then, however, Facey had appeared to win six of the previous eight rounds, as he was much more active and accurate, landing constantly as Moore pursued him around the ring. Facey’s height and reach advantage were big problems for Moore, who was unable to close within punching distance for most of the fight. When he did catch up to Facey, he would quickly move away, throwing several jabs while doing so and catching Moore cleanly each time.
The southpaw Moore was the harder puncher of the two by far, but he was unable to land enough punches to win any of the rounds, aside from the 2nd and 4th, although even in those rounds, I had them even and gave it to Moore because the crowd was screaming like crazy with ever shot he landed. No doubt, Facey had a tough hill to climb, as the crowd was against him from the very start. However, he fought well and didn’t let the lunatic crowd noise get to him and throw him off his game. By the 9th round, Facey was cruising along and punishing Moore badly against the ropes, when all of a sudden Facey got tagged with a big right hand as he was attempting to throw a shot.
Somehow, Facey made it out of the round, mostly because of Moore’s terrible aim, as he missed countless shots against the staggering and hurt Facey. In the 10th round, Facey recovered well and punished Moore badly in the 2nd half of the round. However, in the 11th, Moore came out strong and was easily winning the round at the time of the stoppage. All in all, not a bad performance for Moore, who was making his 3rd defense of his British light middleweight title.