Great night as boxing proves a smash hit on city return

Floyd Moore, right, and Dan Carr clash
Floyd Moore, right, and Dan Carr clash

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Big-time boxing returned to Portsmouth with a vengeance on Saturday night.

A top-class competitive bill was staged in the city for the first time in 16 months, in front of a healthy crowd.

And the event proved a resounding success with engaging bouts from top to bottom on the card.

Local leading lights Joel McIntyre and Mark Coombs both registered wins.

Fareham’s Floyd Moore was held to a draw in a fight he could possibly have edged against old foe Dan Carr.

And Bognor’s Liam Griffiths opened the card in rip-roaring fashion with a tear-up of a win against the wily Johnny Greaves.

The card was topped by the classy Wayne Goddard, who didn’t disappoint with his entertaining win over Kevin McCauley.

Now – after boxing’s successful return to the city – the hope is greater things will follow.

Local trainer Michael Balllingall said: ‘We couldn’t be happier with how the show went.

‘The fights were well-matched and the people of Portsmouth showed how much they love their boxing.’