Rockin’ Rodney Moore
Former Professional Welter Wt. Boxing Champ and
2-Time Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.
Rodney was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He and his family later moved to Philadelphia, PA. He attended Reynolds Elementary School, Vaux Jr. High School and Germantown High School. Moore attended the I.S.T. Academy (Institute for Security and Technology) to become a Police Officer. However, he decided to be a boxer instead. When Moore began fighting he was working as a security officer at Community College of Philadelphia and as a disc jockey for 5 years. He also was a volunteer role model in various Philadelphia public schools for more than ten years. He received many certificates and awards for giving back to the children.
As an amateur boxer Moore won both a golden gloves and a Sugar Ray Leonard golden gloves tournament. He had 44 bouts compiling a record of 41 wins with 22 knockouts. In 1988 Rodney turned professional and was a world class contender for the last seven years of his career. His first pro fight was against 139 pound amateur king Tyrone Trice. Moore achieved many accomplishments during his professional career including winning the Pennsylvania State Jr. welter weight title in a hard fought 12 round decision over Ali Saad Muhammad. Rodney successfully defended his title with a terrific 12 round decision over Mike Brown. In addition, Moore has victories over former world champions Livingstone Bramble and Miguel Santana. He defeated dangerous contenders such as Tony Baltazar, Willie Taylor, Raul Torres and 1984 Olympic Gold medal winner Jerry Page. Rodney also knocked out some of boxing’s best fighters such as Louie Lomelli, Sammy Fuentes, Alfredo Rojas, Victorio Belcher and Mario Fuentes. His first world championship fight was against Charles Murray for the IBF world Jr. welter weight title. His next two world championship fights were against Frankie Randall (WBA world Jr. welter weight title) and superstar sensation Felix “Tito” Trinidad (IBF/WBC) world welter weight titles).
Moore had a stellar career in boxing. He ended his career with 52 professional fights and a record of 42 wins, 2 draws with 20 knock outs. In 1998, he was presented with a trophy for boxer of the decade. He is also listed on a prominent boxing poster as one of Philadelphia’s all time boxing greats. Rodney is notably rated as the 6th ranked Jr. Welter Weight of all time in Philadelphia boxing history. From 2001 to the present he has been honored at the Wilkes Productions annual “Salute to Philly Boxers” banquet and awards ceremony. Having fought in 31 bouts at the legendary Blue Horizon, Moore was given the nickname “Mr Blue Horizon”, later he was upgraded to “King of the Blue Horizon”. On November 18, 2004, Rodney was honored and presented with an engrossed copy of a Resolution by Philadelphia City Council for his selection into the Hall of Fame and founding the “Fight To Learn” Youth Program. Later that same day he was inducted into the prestigious New Jersey International Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was selected into the infinite Pennsylvania Middle Atlantic Outstanding Boxing Alumni.
In 2007, Moore was also inducted into the prestigious Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. He is enshrined into two museums where some of the all time greatest boxers has gone.