Merry Moore celebrates best win yet

Floyd Moore (right) beats Janis Puskins       'Picture: Mick Young
Floyd Moore (right) beats Janis Puskins 'Picture: Mick Young
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Floyd Moore turned on the style to register his latest stoppage win and insisted: That was my best yet.

Moore sent his fans crazy as he delivered a fifth-round success over Janis Puksins at South Parade Pier on Saturday.

The 22-year-old produced an all-action display as he stepped up to six rounds for the first time of his career.

The Fareham light-welterweight went wild with delight when a ferocious two-fisted onslaught saw Puksins’ resistance broken.

Moore knew his punches were causing damage when a left hook, followed by a right down the middle, floored his opponent in the second.

He brought his full arsenal of shots to the table before dropping his opponent again three rounds, before the referee stepped in.

Moore is targeting titles next year after picking up the most pleasing victory of his career so far.

He said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve gone past four rounds.

‘Sometimes I struggle with that, but the crowd were behind me and that pushes you on.

‘I was getting caught a bit but wanted to stand and fight because I could feel my shots were hurting him.

‘He didn’t want to know and backed off all the time, so I knew that was the case.

‘I could have won easier but I wanted to put on a good fight for the fans.

‘I sold a lot of tickets and, hopefully, they will come out and support me again.

‘I’m feeling confident and want to get back in the gym and push on.

‘The show was a success and there was a lot of support.

‘So I want to have a six-rounder later this year and then hopefully go for a 10-round fight next year.

‘I’m learning all the time and I think this is my favourite performance yet.

‘So, hopefully, I can push on and get a title next year.’

Stephen Danyo delivered on his highly-anticipated professional debut as he took just 254 seconds to account for Cheltenham’s Damien Dinwiddy.

The Dutch sensation – who trains in Portsmouth – looked comfortable and relaxed from start to finish and showcased his repertoire of shots.

A left hook floored Dinwiddy in the second, before more of the same saw the towel come in from his opponent’s corner.

The 23-year-old light-middleweight vowed he’s a man in a hurry after moving into the professional ranks.

Danyo said: ‘It was my first professional fight and it was in England.

‘I came here to start my career because this is a big boxing country.

‘It was a good win and now I’m looking forward.

‘I was relaxed. I’ve been doing this for eight years now and I’ve had over 100 amateur fights.

‘I’ve been training, eating and sleeping – living the life of a boxer.

‘I could be fighting in Rotterdam in my next fight and could box for an International Masters title.

‘I’m looking forward to doing a lot in the next six months.

‘I’m still young but I’m excited and hope things happen quickly.’