Fight night’s off after bizarre Moore injury

Floyd Moore Picture: Mick Young
Floyd Moore Picture: Mick Young
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Heart of Portsmouth ace aiming to become world champion

  • Moore suffers freak injury
  • Portsmouth fight night is cancelled
  • Fareham braveheart lined up for September title shot
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FLOYD MOORE has seen a bizarre ankle injury put paid to his ring return.

The Fareham braveheart has fractured his ankle and damaged ligaments after tripping on a medicine ball.

That means the professional boxing show in Portsmouth on June 26 has been cancelled.

Moore was due to meet Yordan Vasilev, after being defeated by the Bulgarian in a barnstorming 2013 encounter.

But the 24-year-old has now had to admit defeat in his bid to settle that score.

Moore said: ‘I’m gutted. It’s not going to be ready in time.

‘I sparred on Saturday and have been feeling really strong.

‘I was doing a step-up exercise.

‘As I stepped down I went on to a medicine ball and rolled my ankle and collapsed.

‘At the time I went white and knew it was quite bad.

‘But I always tend to think I will be okay all of the time.

‘I was still thinking I could box, but when I went to the hospital they said it was the ligaments and a fracture.

‘So the whole show’s gone and there’s nothing I can do about it.’

News of a likely Southern Area title shot in September has tempered Moore’s frustrations at his latest setback.

Danny Connor has been mentioned as a possible opponent for the vacant lightweight belt in London.

Moore added: ‘I really wanted that fight and I’ve trained really hard.

‘But there is talk of going for a Southern Area title shot in September.

‘It’s vacant and there’s talk of Danny Connor in London.

‘It’s a hard fight but it’s a winnable fight, and my fans like travelling.

‘Hopefully we can get it on.’