Tribute to Jude Moore

March 20, 2023 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing has been deeply saddened to learn of the passing of talented teenage West Country boxer Jude Moore, who represented Downend, Hoddesdon and Team England with pride.

The 19-year-old two-time National Champion (Schools 2017 and Juniors 2019) represented the Three Lions at the EUBC Junior European Championships in Romania in 2017.

He was also a GB Three Nations champion and also Western Counties champion on no less than five occasions.

Moore came through the ranks of Bristol club Downend before moving to Home Counties’ Hoddesdon earlier this year.

He was a popular and well-liked member of the boxing community, who often coached and gave advice to younger boxers.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, he quickly responded to England Boxing’s request for talented boxers to film themselves giving tips that others could follow.

He also contributed another film showing how he stayed fit during lockdown.

Head Coach at Downend, Craig Turner, said he was ‘devastated’ by the loss and said ‘a leading light in the world had gone out’.

“He was an absolute star, irreplaceable. Once you met him, you would never forget him,” he added in a heartfelt tribute.

“I think he was one of those kids who was forever young and was just not meant to get old.

“One of my favourite memories was when he was called up as a last minute replacement to box for England against a boxer from the USA who had been unbeaten in 200 bouts.

“He puffed out his chest, walked out the ‘Sweet Caroline’ and went out and beat him – that and Glenn Catley winning a world championship are my best moments in boxing.

“The fact that he came from one of the most deprived wards in Great Britain to do what he did and achieved what he did is nothing short of amazing. Downend Boxing Club exists for people like him.

“I know that Glenn and other fantastic boxers form the area won’t mind ne saying this, but I think he was the most talented kid I have seen come out of Bristol.

“Jude lived for his boxing. He lived and breathed it. I have never seen anyone with such an analytical mind and he could real of the statistics of all the champions at all the weights.

“He was outstanding at everything he did and we are devastated. He didn’t burn for long, but he burned very brightly for the time he did.”

In a statement on its Facebook page, Hoddesdon, where Sab Leo is Head coach, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we as a club are deeply saddened with the sudden passing of our amateur boxer Jude Moore.

“(He was) 19 years old with an infectious personality and he was a truly valuable asset to us from helping the club with coaching the babies boxing classes and the adults keep fit classes.

“(He was) loved by all he came into contact with and we as a club were excited by what was to come. Love to you Jude and family.”

A Go Fund Me page has already been set up by Turner in memory of Jude and has raised more than £4,500 so far.

You can make a donation by clicking here.

England Boxing would like to send its deepest Condolences to Jude’s family and friends at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.