Ryan Moore has been tipped to take his talent to championship level.
The Waterlooville banger takes the next step in his promising professional career tonight in Southsea.
The middleweight meets Dan Blackwell at South Parade Pier after chalking up two knockout wins since moving into the paid ranks.
Moore has caught the eye after travelling to Manchester for sparring with British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose.
Now he is looking to take that experience and deliver another impressive display for his home fans.
Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, has heaped praise on the 24-year-old’s potential and the commitment he has shown to developing his skills.
Ballingall believes there is the potential there for Moore to go a long way in the noble art – and over the 12-round championship distance – if he continues to show the level of dedication he’s producing.
His trainer feels he can draw inspiration from Portsmouth’s favourite boxing son Tony Oakey as he aims to make a name for himself.
Ballingall said: ‘I really believe Ryan will be suited to longer, championship-distance fights.
‘He was a nearly man in the amateurs but is definitely more suited to the pro game. It’s a totally different ball game but Ryan has the style for it – and to do well.
‘He has an impeccable defence and can punch.
‘My first pro training camp was with Tony Oakey, so I have high expectations when it comes to standards of fitness in training and sparring. I don’t think it should be any other way.
‘That’s what Ryan has to push towards achieving. In our gym, he is the one with the most similar style to Tony, although he doesn’t work at the same pace.
‘He’s a bit like Oakey without the intensity. He has a long way to go to be half the boxer Tony was but he is coming on.
‘We need to liven him up a bit and get him putting more combinations together.
‘But there’s no doubt he is someone who can go a long way in this sport.
‘He is a humble lad who takes in everything you say and works hard at improving. Ryan wants to prove himself and wants to take steps along the road to doing that quickly.
‘He’s only 24 but we want to see him put in a good performance tonight and then we can take him to the next level.’
Moore’s sparring with Rose, along with stable-mate Stephen Danyo, underlined he has the ability to live with the best domestically.
Ballingall believes that experience has given his confidence a shot in the arm.
He said: ‘Ryan really made an impression when he sparred with Brian. I think they were left thinking “where has this kid come from?”.
‘It’s the first time he has gone away to spar and it was with a British champion. In the last round Brian stepped it up but Ryan stayed with him.
‘He was over the moon with the experience. It’s one thing telling someone they are a top boxer but it’s another when they prove it to themselves.
‘You can’t stress how much being in that environment can help him.’