Floyd Moore seized his chance in the boxing big time in devastating style and insisted: This is just the start.
The Fareham-based fighter claimed the Southern Area lightweight title with a fourth-round stoppage of odds-on favourite Ryan Taylor at London’s ExCel Arena on a card that also featured Kevin Mitchell and Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo.
And while the 23-year-old was delighted with his efforts, he has already targeted his next move in an increasingly promising career.
Moore said: ‘I’m chuffed to bits – totally over the moon.
‘I don’t think it has sunk in yet that I’ve got the title.
It’s a prestigious title. A lot of big names have won it.
‘People who have won ABA titles don’t get to win a Southern Area title. I did nothing as an amateur.
‘But it shows what you can do if you put the work in and dedicate yourself.
‘Eddie Hearn has said he wants to put me on his next show. So I’m going to rest for Christmas and then try to get myself on a big London show again in the new year.’
Moore, in his first high-profile show, underlined his intent from the first bell with a ferocious onslaught and had his Upminster-based opponent on the canvas.
Reckless use of the head then brought Taylor a one-point deduction from the referee as Moore continued to surge forward.
Taylor did well to survive the round and then withstood more punishment in the second round as Moore found the target with another right hand that rocked his rival.
Taylor dragged himself back into the fight in the third round, connecting with a six-punch combination.
But Moore looked untroubled and then finished the job in round four, unleashing a devastating volley that left Taylor hunched down on the ropes with nowhere to go as the referee stepped in.
Moore said: ‘It was explosive. I started fast and caught him with a heavy right in the first and he did well to get up.
‘He came back in the third and caught me with a couple of shots which dazed me.
‘But in the fourth I nailed him with a left hook.
‘He managed to get up but then I carried on going and the ref jumped in.
‘But I’ve had so many people help me.
‘My trainer, Mike Ballingall, Tony Oakey helped with sparring and all my friends and family.
‘My sponsors, Tom Watkins Carpentry, Newman Plumbing & Heating and MuscleXcess, have allowed me to train like a pro for the past five weeks and not worry about work.
‘It made a huge difference.’
Ballingall believes his charge has now announced himself on the big stage.
He said: ‘It was the most exciting fight of the night.
‘Floyd is an entertainer and the public love him.
‘He is dangerous but has vulnerabilities himself.
‘We said people would be talking about him after his performance – and that was definitely the case.’