For the last seven years as both an amateur and professional boxer, Logan’s Jordan Moore had rarely strayed away from the southern West Virginia coalfields.
Save for his appearance at the Toughman World Championships in Mississippi a few years ago, Moore usually has done most of his boxing in front of hometown fans at Logan, Madison or Williamson.
A couple of weekends ago, however, Moore got his first big break as he was placed on the seven-bout undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez Showtime Pay Per View Main Event in the MGM Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Moore, just 25 years old and a former Logan area two-time Toughman champion, faced an up-and-comer in the boxing world — undefeated Lanell Bellows, 27, a rising star in Mayweather Promotions.
It didn’t turn out that well for Moore, who suffered his first ever professional defeat as Bellows, a native of Compton, Calif., knocked him out at the 2:30 mark of the first round in the super middleweight bout.
Moore (3-1) traded blows with Bellows (6-0-1) early in the fight but took a hard right to the side of his rib cage.
Later on, Bellows backed Moore into the corner and landed a hard left jab to Moore’s head. The powerful Bellows, who now calls Las Vegas home, then followed that up with a hard right again to the head of Moore, who fell to the canvas.
Moore, on his hands and knees and also holding his left side, attempted to get up but referee Robert Byrd called the match a KO after he counted to 10 and Moore was not fully standing.
The bout was the first of the night.
In the main event, billed as “The One,” Las Vegas native Mayweather improved to 45-0 (26 KO’s) with a 12-round majority decision over Mexican boxer Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) before a sellout Vegas crowd of 16,746. Judge C. J. Ross scored the fight 114–114, a draw. Judge Dave Moretti had it 116–112 and Craig Metcalfe scored it 117–111 in favor of Mayweather.
The junior middleweight unification fight lived up to the hype.
Showtime, which broadcast the fight on pay-per-view, announced last week, along with promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, that Mayweather’s dominant decision victory shattered the all-time record for highest-grossing pay-per-view fight of all time, generating $150 million in revenue from 2.2 million pay-per-view buys.
The $150 million in pay-per-view haul broke the record set by Mayweather’s decision victory against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. That fight generated $136 million from an all-time record 2.48 million pay-per-view buys. Adjusted for inflation, Mayweather-De La Hoya would be worth $153 million in today’s dollars.
Mayweather will make a minimum of $41.5 million for the fight. The card also featured some of the rising stars of Mayweather Promotions: Chris Pearson, Luís Arias, Ronald Gavril and Bellows.
Moore had entered the match with Bellows 3-0 after beating Eric Slocum on July 13 in Madison in a unanimous decision. Moore had won over Orion Bolds at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena on June 16, 2012 via unanimous decision at a King of the Coalfields event. The Moore-Slocum fight was also part of a King of the Coalfields card.
Moore, a 2006 Logan High School graduate and former standout baseball player for the Wildcats, began his pro boxing career on Nov. 10, 2011 with a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Britton as part of Logan’s Coal Area Toughman Weekend at LHS.
Moore began boxing while a student at LHS and won the 2006 men’s light heavyweight championship at the Logan Toughman event. Moore then repeated as champion in 2007 before taking a year off.
Moore, known locally with his in-ring nickname “The People’s Champion,” returned to boxing in 2009 in the Toughman heavyweight division but lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Matt Garretson of Charleston. Moore then turned pro.
Garretson, who has also done some pro boxing in recent years, ironically also faced Moore’s Las Vegas opponent Bellows.
Bellows ended up beating Garretson on June 4 via fourth-round TKO on a boxing card which also took place at the MGM Grand Arena.