Jay Harris dominates Angel Moreno to secure European glory

Jay Harris dominates Angel Moreno to secure European glory

By Dewi Powell: Swansea’s Jay Harris (16-0, 8KO) sent out a statement by dominating Spain’s Angel Moreno (19-4-2, 6KO) to become European champion.

The 28-year-old Commonwealth champion boosted his trophy cabinet with a unanimous decision, judged to be 117-111, 119-109, 120-108.

Harris cemented his status as MTK Global’s flag bearer for Welsh boxing to the delight of his travelling fans at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff Bay.

Jay Harris


The pair were straight down to action from the opening bell and both landed flush in the opener. Only Harris appeared to make a mark and he sagged Moreno into the ropes on several occasions. Most observers didn’t expect that sort of success to come so early, especially since Moreno looked strong for the full 12 rounds when he challenged WBC world champion Charlie Edwards in March.

Harris wasn’t wasting any time in the second round as he immediately closed the distance, marching Moreno to the ropes and then from corner to corner. Several straight shots rocked Moreno’s head back when he straightened up and Harris smelt blood. Soon after, he felt blood – his own! An accidental head clash drew claret from his left eyebrow, though it wasn’t a significant wound.

Moreno attempted to turn the tide in the third, picking his moment to plough towards Harris. The unbeaten Welshman adapted by using Moreno’s clinching to leverage eye-catching uppercuts. Harris pushed on in the fourth round, enjoying particular success with a left hook to the body but his dominance was kept honest by Moreno’s occasional looping hooks.

Rounds five and six followed a similar pattern. The only difference being Moreno’s resistance began to slightly decrease. Harris’ pace slightly dipped in the seventh as he settled behind an accurate jab and it soon opened opportunities for more solid power punches as Moreno attempted to dart into safer spacec.

Jay Harris

It was one way traffic in the eighth and ninth as Moreno was in full reverse. His attempts to stop the rot became less frequent and Harris grew more content. It finally became Harris’ turn to box in retreat in the 11th round. It was understandable given the clear lead he’d built up, although he was applying pressure by the end of the round. Harris’ output displayed his variety and Moreno struggled to find an answer throughout.

Buoyed on by his trainer and  father, former Welsh and British champion Peter Harris, Jay pushed for the finish in the 12th round. It was the only success that evaded Harris. It marks a successful period for Gary Lockett’s stable, who also bolster a Welsh and British champion in Nathan Thorley and Chris Jenkins.

Images by MTK Global.

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