FLOYD MOORE lost his Southern Area title in controversial fashion last night.
The Fareham braveheart went down to a 97-95 points loss to Kent’s Adam Dingsdale on another fight night to savour at the Mountbatten Centre.
Referee Jeff Hines liked the slick skills of Dingsdale over the non-stop pressure and power of Moore in the lightweight showdown.
But many respected observers ringside saw it differently on a show that delivered a raucous atmosphere.
What wasn’t disputed was Moore once again produced top-drawer entertainment with his gutsy style going down a storm with his army of fans.
The 23-year-old refused to be downhearted after the contest and showed humility by stating he had no complaints with the outcome.
Moore said: ‘It was close but I am not arguing the decision.
‘The referee gave it to him by a couple of rounds and that was fair enough.
‘I know I hurt him, though, and got to him. I said I would give people value for money and I think I’ve done that.
‘We said we wanted to bring back the old Tony Oakey atmosphere to Portsmouth, though, and I think we managed that.’
The main event lived up to expectations in an intriguing clash of styles.
The tone was set early on with Moore starting well and surprising Dingsdale with his boxing skills.
But Dingsdale settled in the third round and came back with some smart box-and-move work on the outside.
The former junior England international was making Moore pay with every shot he missed.
Fearsome work from the former Titchfield amateur saw him come back in the fifth, and the sixth proved his best round of the night.
The crowd were loving the incessant action with Moore’s meaty hooks catching the eye in the seventh and eighth.
It was a case of whether the referee was liking the home fighter’s bursts or Dingsdale’s rangy approach, though.
The away man showed he could mix it, too, however and he was having plenty of it as Moore tired in the eighth.
The final two rounds looked like they belonged to Moore with the home crowd roaring on every shot which landed.
It was Dingsdale whose arm was held aloft by ref Hines, after the fighters embraced at the final bell, though.
Elsewhere, Leigh Park’s Garry Neale maintained his unbeaten record with a 58-57 points win over tricky Slovakian Ivan Godor.
And there was an impressive debut win for Portsmouth’s John Weeks against Slovak Mario Lakatos, who was disqualified in the fourth round.
Portsmouth’s Lewis O’Mara had a hard-fought win over Bheki Moyo.
Tommy Kindon, Ryan Davies, Eli Green and Chris Hobbs were all victorious.
FULL REPORT n in Monday’s News