Floyd suffers knock-out blow but wins for Gatenby and Neale

Floyd Moore is knocked down. Picture: Mick Young (141584-27)
Floyd Moore is knocked down. Picture: Mick Young (141584-27)
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Michael Ballingall says Floyd Moore will be back in the ring in no time following his disappointing first-round knockout at the weekend.

Fareham’s Moore suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the heavy hands of Dean Mills at the Pyramids Centre on Saturday night.

The exciting Moore worked hard under trainer Ballingall in preparation for Mills and looked in superb shape at the first bell.

However, after just 90 seconds, Mills threw an overhand right that hammered Floyd to the canvas.

To his credit, the Fareham man got back up again before the count of 10, but the referee decided to stop the fight.

Ballingall said: ‘It was a good night of boxing, although it didn’t go completely the way we wanted it to.

‘It was an exciting show and there were some very competitive bouts. I hope the general public enjoyed it.’

Moore paid the ultimate price for a slight mistake but Ballingall insists he will come back stronger.

‘It had all the makings of a cracking fight but Floyd got caught early with the right hand and he was dropped,’ said Ballingall.

‘It’s happened to him before but he’ll come back stronger.

‘Floyd’s always in memorable fights but unfortunately it didn’t work out this time. You will see Floyd Moore back in the ring.’

At light-heavyweight, underdog Chris Hobbs fought out a very entertaining draw over four rounds against favoured Sammy Couzens of Titchfield.

Couzens produced a blistering display of power punching to put Hobbs under constant pressure in the first two rounds.

However, Hobbs showed remarkable fortitude to withstand the onslaught, before exerting his own dominance to win the next two rounds.

A rematch is now on the cards.

Portsmouth’s talented Andy Gatenby secured an excellent sixth-round stoppage win over Slovakia’s Elemir Rafael, who Gatenby had previously beaten on points.

Ballingall added: ‘Andy looked very tidy and clinical.’

Light-welterweight Garry Neale, also from Portsmouth, showed his mettle to come through a very tough six-round assignment against Gloucester’s Andy Harris.

Neale lost the first round but fought back positively to take an impressive 58-56 points verdict.

– SHAKILA BARABHUIYA

& ANDREW FAIRLEY