It’s time for Pacman to send Gill packing

Floyd Moore
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Eric Israel

Portsmouth man reveals parents don’t know he’s a boxer after shock TV win

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Floyd Moore has been on lock down ahead of the toughest challenge of his professional career to date when he faces Phil Gill tomorrow night.

The Fareham fighter is chasing a home victory that would bring him the British Masters light-welterweight title.

Trainer Michael Ballingall has ensured he keeps a very close eye on Moore’s every move.

That’s after welcoming the fighter known as Pac Man into his home for three weeks of hospitality with a difference.

Slacking off has certainly not been an option, ahead of such a tough contest.

Essex fighter Gill has a record of 14 wins, two draws and only two losses.

He’s been in the ring with highly-rated fighters Ahmet Patterson and Ben Murphy.

But Ballingall believes Moore is ready to lift the roof off Fareham Leisure Centre.

He’s promised there will be a big surprise in store for Gill when he enters the cauldron.

‘Floyd has moved into my house with me for the past three weeks,’ said Ballingall.

‘He’s been getting up at 6am with my sons and going for a run.

‘Then after work he goes straight to the gym for his sparring.

‘Floyd can win – I believe that. People will be surprised by the way Floyd is going to fight this.

‘It’s the hardest fight he has had to face so far in a professional boxing ring.

‘Phil Gill has a good record and has been in the ring with some good fighters.’

Moore has taken in some quality sparring ahead of the bout.

He’s been to Wales and worked out with the likes of WBC International, British and Commonwealth champion Lee Selby and the highly-rated 20-year-old Mitchell Buckland.

Tony Oakey has also been enlisted to add his experience to the mix.

It shows the determination Moore has to send Gill crashing.

‘Floyd has been away sparring with Lee Selby and also Mitchell Buckland who is a very, very tough fighter and a good prospect for the future,’ added Ballingall.

‘We’ve also had Tony Oakey down at the gym helping with sparring.

‘Floyd has no illusions about how tough this fight is going to be.’

Moore and Gill do battle in a 10-round contest while there are eight other fights on the card.

Waterlooville’s Ryan Moore and Titchfield’s Danny Couzens will settle their recent war of words.

Also in action are local favourites Garry Neale, Andy Gatenby and Joel McIntyre.

While from Ballingall’s stable, Eli Green, Adam Battle and Chris Hobbs will be on show.

Doors open at 6.30pm tomorrow and boxing starts at 7pm.

Organiser Ballingall is urging fans not to miss out.

He said: ‘There are local fighters who will be turning out and giving it their all.

‘It’s going to be great entertainment with quality fighters on show.

‘This is the biggest small-hall show we have had.’

Tickets can be bought on the door, or in advance. Telephone Ballingall on 07939 332010.