Floyd Moore can blaze a trail for the next generation of Portsmouth boxers.
Moore has been tipped to lead the way for a new crop of local talent ahead of his Southern Area title showdown with Adam Dingsdale on Friday.
A packed crowd is set to turn out at the Mountbatten Centre for Moore’s first title defence since spectacularly winning the lightweight crown against Ryan Taylor in December.
With Dingsdale bringing a strong following from Kent and his London-based gym, there is set to be a feverish atmosphere for the occasion.
And Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, is calling for local fight fans to turn out to back their man.
The Fareham favourite, who boxes out of Ballys Gym in Fratton, faces his toughest assignment as he takes on a man whose only defeat was against highly-touted Irishman Stephen Ormond.
But victory could pave the way for exciting contests at the top end of the domestic game.
And Ballingall feels Moore could open the door for a string of talents in the city to walk through.
He said: ‘Floyd could be the start of something in Portsmouth.
‘We are looking to build the sport up in the area.
‘There are some great amateur boxers around – people like Sid Williams, Jack Stringer, Lloyd Johnson and Josh Pritchard.
‘When these people want to turn professional it could be a great time for boxing in the city.
‘We need everyone to get behind Floyd, though, and show what we could have here.
‘Tickets are going well and there will be good support for Dingsdale.
‘He always has a lot of people follow him.
‘So we need everyone to come out and get behind Floyd.
‘We’ve seen him fight and know enough about Adam Dingsdale.
‘We’re preparing for 10 rounds – a hard 10-round fight.
‘This is Floyd’s toughest fight.’
Tickets are available for Moore’s Southern Area title defence priced £30 and £60 (ringside). Call 07939 332010 for details.