A TRIO of Portsmouth-based boxers will fly the city flag this evening as they take part in Ocean’s 12 at Oceana nightclub, Southampton.
Trained by coach Michael Ballingall, boxers Joel McIntyre, Floyd Moore and Mickey O’Sullivan will look to further enhance their promising careers.
McIntyre, nicknamed El Toro, is seen as the protégé to one of Portsmouth’s most successful boxers, former WBU champion Tony Oakey.
Born in Portsmouth, McIntyre made his professional debut less than a year ago and is set to take on 31-year-old Jody Meikle in the light-heavyweight division.
And Ballingall expects the bout to be a useful learning curve for McIntyre.
‘Joel’s in the learning stage at the moment’ said the coach.
‘This bout, at this stage, will be a good experience for him.
‘He’ll be facing a tricky opponent who likes to show off from time to time.
‘He needs to stick to his game plan and make sure he doesn’t show off in response.
‘If he does that, we are confident that he can pull off another win and get to the next stage.’
Moore, from Fareham, will tackle Duane Grimes in a light-welterweight bout.
The 20-year-old, who lost on his last visit to the Oceana club, can’t wait to set the record straight.
‘It will be a tricky fight for Floyd,’ said Ballingall.
‘We’re expecting a lot of action. He’s a very strong lad.
‘After delivering a devastating knockout in his last professional bout, it has been difficult for us to try to find opponents to come and have a fight but we’re really confident as Floyd’s been training really hard.
‘We’re hoping it will all come together when it matters. We can’t wait.’
One Portsmouth boxer, originally on the bill, will not be competing.
Light-welterweight Mark Coombs was set to face Brighton’s light-middleweight Ian Jackson in a rematch from their March bout which ended in a tie and later saw Coombs crowned victorious.
‘Coombs was on a stag do recently and, looking at the schedule, we didn’t think there would be enough time to get him into shape,’ said his coach Ballingall.
His replacement will be Mickey O’Sullivan, a London-born bantamweight who is based in Portsmouth.
Those behind the stand-in, including Ballingall, are confident.
‘Mickey’s facing a lad that we’ve known from the past,’ he said.
‘He’s faced Coombs before and he’s a very fit, strong individual.
‘He’ll certainly be a good fight and they are both similar sort of boxers.
Ticket prices are £30 and £50 (ringside).
Seven other bouts will also take place with audience members advised to arrive for 7pm.
For tickets, call 07765 104296 or 07502 2056597.