Veteran heavyweight contender Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris is no stranger to the up and down world of professional boxing. After the turning pro at the tender age of 17 with a mere nine amateur fights to his credit, Harris got a quick taste of the harsh realities of the sport’s glamour division. After dropping his pro debut, Harris would amass a 5-3-2 with 3 KOs record as Harris navigated the waters from his debut weight class of light heavyweight to the deeper water so heavyweight. Following a draw to Zuri Laurence, Harris would drop his next three fights including back to back knockout losses to Vaughn Bean, and Dale Brown. It seemed for a brief moment Harris’ career might not get off the ground.
However, “Sugar Moe” proved much better than then undefeated prospect David Izon over eight rounds in 1996 and Harris came away with a unanimous decision. Harris again went up and down as he dropped fights to Dayton Wheeler and Gerald Nobles while mixing in solid wins over the likes of Jimmy Thunder. That fight set up a big name bout with a comebacking Larry Holmes. However, Harris would lose a controversial decision while gaining the respect of fans worldwide.
Harris would use the setback as fuel and rattled off seven fight winning streak that put him on the doorstep of heavyweight fame.
It was at this point in his career that Harris met Derrick Jefferson in one of the great action fights the heavyweight division has ever seen.
Harris and Jefferson seemed perfectly matched. A boxer/puncher Harris vs. an aggressive brawler in Jefferson. It was a back and forth affair for all six rounds until finally Harris gave way to the power punching pressure and Jefferson and was stopped in the sixth round.
However, Harris is a fighter forged in adversity. He is not one to back away because of a loss. In the next two years, Harris would 2-2, losing to former heavyweight titleholder Chris Byrd and Henry Akinwande. At this point, some experts began to write Harris off. “Sugar Moe” was having none of that.
In 2002, Harris posted yet another signature win taking out perennial contender Sergei Lyakhovich via brutal knockout in nine rounds. However, a subsequent loss to Fres Oquendo the following year seemed to shelf Harris permanently and he took a break from the sport until a brief return during 2006-07.
Now, following a three year layoff, Harris is back and as focused as ever on getting that ultimate prize: the heavyweight title.
In late 2009, Harris hooked up with Dr. Mario Yagobi’s Boxing 360 promotional firm, underwent extensive medical tests and a rigorous training program to get his weight down, his mind clear and focused on the task at hand and most of all his fighting spirit rejuvenated. Despite the ups and downs of a rough job learned through doing, Harris indomitable spirit has never wavered.
And so the campaign of Maurice Harris resumed in January 2010. A fighter with all the tools and talent in the world has been reborn. Starting off the year the way any fighter would envy, Harris is currently on a 3 fight winning streak over Billy Zunbrum, Julius Long and Robert Hawkins. Each time out, Harris’ fighting weight dropped and he looked quicker, faster, stronger and more confident in posting commanding wins over respectable opposition.
With his a new team behind him giving Harris all the support he needs, the sky is the limit for the one of Boxing 360.
- Maurice Harris -vs- Robert Hawkins 4-15-2010
Maurice Harris -vs- Nagy Aguilera 8-6-2010