Originally Posted by ripcity
Despite the odds he was put in against Duran too early. Odds are set for the casino/sports book to make money.
He could have used more seasoning. Anytime you can stop Benitez in 2 rounds. You've done something right. However Benitez had by than seen better days.
While Moore had a lot of potential. I think his winning a championship so early in his career was more of a case of being in the right place at the right time, than anything else. I think with or without the loss to Duran he'd have lost to Buster Drayton, Lupe Aquino and John David Jackson.
Well, he stopped Benitez after Duran; I get what you're saying though. It was a glossy win on paper, but Benitez had had it by then. Besides, the circumstances of that TKO aren't what they seem on paper. When Moore knocked him down early, Benitez (so the story goes) broke his ankle, or at least hurt it to the point that he couldn't move around the ring, so he just anchored himself against the turnbuckle and let Moore flail away at him, prompting the stoppage. It wasn't really that he was horribly incapacitated by punches or anything.