Ryan Moore and Danny Couzens are set to collide in a local grudge match as big-time boxing returns to Fareham.
The feuding duo are poised to meet on September 21 at Fareham Leisure Centre on a stacked professional card.
The animosity has been building between the pair following a social networking war of words in the wake of Moore’s first-round defeat to Liverpool’s rising star Callum Smith.
And now they will settle their differences in the ring over six rounds.
Waterlooville’s Moore will step up two weight divisions from middleweight to take on light-heavyweight Couzens, from Titchfield, in a contest made at 12st 9lb.
The interest is mounting and the rare occurrence of two local boxers meeting in the paid ranks will add to the intrigue of the event.
Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes it’s a contest which will capture the public’s imagination.
He said: ‘Ryan got beaten by a really good kid in Callum Smith in a contest taken at short notice.
‘He got hit with a good shot and didn’t recover. That’s the way it goes.
‘It got brought to my attention afterwards that people had been making comments on social networking sites.
‘Those comments weren’t very chivalrous. In fact, they were distasteful and classless.
‘A lot of people stuck up for Ryan and his upset at the loss turned to anger when he saw what had been said.
‘So I rang Danny’s manager, Jay Morris, about a contest.
‘I never heard back at first but it was mentioned that Danny does want it – and that’s how it started.
‘I’m sure there will be a lot said on both sides now, but we are keeping it in good taste. Ryan is a quiet lad but I think we are going to see another side to him on September 21.
‘It’s going to be a boxer from the Havant and Waterlooville area against one from Titchfield: A battle of Portsmouth.
‘I can’t think of many, if any, boxers from this area going against each other as professionals. It’s going to be a landmark contest.
‘Danny is an experienced boxer. If Ryan beats Danny it puts him right back into contention.
‘If Danny wins he can say he’s the best light-heavyweight around. Both men have a lot to lose.
‘It’s going to be an exciting showdown well worth watching.’
There is plenty of talk about the local clash, but there is also the mouth-watering prospect of a return between Fareham’s Floyd Moore and Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev on the same card.
The pair met in a bloody and brutal International Masters showdown in February, which Vasilev won in nine dramatic rounds.
Talks are continuing over that clash while International Masters champ Mark Coombs, Garry Neale, Andy Gatenby, Chris Hobbs, Ash Leigh, Matt Goddard, Andy Tew, Ben Kneller, Steve Lynch and Brad Watson are others all earmarked to feature.
Ballingall said: ‘As we know, Floyd is always in epic battles and no doubt it will be the same in his next contest.
‘Then we’ve got Mark Coombs coming off his title win and a lot of other local faces.
‘Boxing is a big thing in Portsmouth and this is a boxing city.
‘This is going to be a show that people aren’t going to want to miss.’
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