Grudge war for Moore

Ryan Moore, left, in fight mode against Yordan Vasilev
Ryan Moore, left, in fight mode against Yordan Vasilev
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Floyd Moore has been handed a grudge match on home soil next month.

The Fareham battler will take on Essex’s highly-regarded Phil Gill at Fareham Leisure Centre on September 21.

And Moore is hoping a training switch will prove a boost for him ahead of the needle showdown.

Trainer Michael Ballingall has moved his set-up to a new state-of-the-art gym in Milton ahead of his team’s next outing.

That has ensured the boxers have all the facilities in place needed to gear up for action.

Moore has been preparing for his contest with all the determination and vigour he is renowned for.

The 22-year-old is going to need that, though, as he is handed a tough assignment against Gill.

His opponent brings a 14-2-2 record to the table, but lost last month in a Southern Area title shot at welterweight.

This contest is made at 10 stone in the light-welterweight division and will have plenty of spice.

A previous match-up between the duo was made, but Gill failed to make weight.

That led to a war of words between Moore’s fans and the 31-year-old as he watched Moore take on a stand-in opponent.

Now the fight is on in Fareham – with the British Masters title at stake.

Trainer Ballingall said: ‘Floyd is putting his heart and soul into this.

‘He is not the favourite for this one. His opponent has a better record than him.

‘But Floyd will put as much work in as he possibly can for his preparations.

‘And, with his determination, you’d never back against him.

‘People have to respect the graft he puts in and pay homage to it.

‘And, the thing you know about Floyd, is he’ll will go out and put on a show.’

It will be a stacked card at Fareham, with Ryan Moore taking on Danny Couzens and the likes of Mark Coombs, Joel McIntyre, Andy Gatenby, Garry Neale, Chris Hobbs and a host of others appearing.

Ballingall believes the new gym he’s opened with local businessman and fight fan Andy Wells will be a big lift.

He said: ‘The new gym is great and it will be a big boost for our boxers to be based there.

‘We also have the backing of the local community.

‘It’s brilliant to see how the Portsmouth community have been so supportive and helped out with it.

‘We want to have local schools use the facilities and get children off the streets at night.

‘There will be an amateur club, Chimes ABC, based out of the gym, too.’