Hello folks, and welcome to the latest installment of Friday Night RBR's, and tonight's fight has the promise of a KO all over it, with Andrew Facey hoping for the upset, and Jamie Moore seeing this one as a stepping stone to fights at a higher level. After last week's humdinger with Gomez and Johanneson, hopefully these light-middleweights can come out swinging and give us more of that rip-roaring entertainment we love.
Champion Jamie Moore (27-3, 18 KOs) had been hoping to vacate the British title by now, and challenge for an international title, but is back having one more defence of the Lonsdale belt, which he claimed in his second bout with Michael Jones in 2005. So far this year he's had two convincing points wins, notably over Sebastien Lujan, but is remembered in recent times for his awesome FOTY contender last September against Matthew Macklin. Moore's style has led to a number of exciting encounters over the years, and he already holds a 7th round KO over Facey from 2003, and will be hoping to improve on that result this time out. Moore's power could well be the deciding factor here, and he will likely be the technical superior too, being even more awkward from the southpaw stance.
Andrew Facey (19-4-1, 6KOs) seems to have all the indicators pointing against him in this fight, between the loss that he already has against Moore, and being 7 years older then Moore at 35. Since their last meeting Facey has won six of seven, but five of those have been over 6 or 8 rounds against lesser opponents, and after being comprehensively beaten by Bradley Pryce for the Commonwealth belt, he surprised many people by shocking Gary Woolcombe for the English title in January this year. Taller than Moore, Facey will hope that Moore will look to box, where he can use his reach advantage, but if he is put under pressure and ships power shots, I fully expect Moore to win convincingly.
Willhill have Jamie Moore a 1/8 (1.12) favourite, with Facey a 9/2 (5.50) outsider for this bout. Might be worth a punt on some of the middle rounds however.
Elsewhere on the bill, we have MArk Thompson v Chris Saunders for the Central Area welterweight title, and awkward showboating liight welterweight Commonwealth titlist Ajose Olusegun penned in for a low-key six rounder.