Mighty Moore ready to make exciting step-up

Floyd Moore got the better of Phil Gill in his last outing to secure British Masters glory in Fareham back in September  Picture: Mick Young

Floyd Moore got the better of Phil Gill in his last outing to secure British Masters glory in Fareham back in September Picture: Mick Young

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FLOYD MOORE has been tipped to explode on to the national stage in the fight of his life tonight.

The Fareham favourite tackles Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor for the Southern Area lightweight title on Sky Sports at the ExCel Centre in London.

It’s the biggest moment the 23-year-old has faced in his 13-fight professional career.

Moore has already been involved in some of the best local contests in recent years, with his crowd-pleasing style going down a storm.

But little is known about the entertainer in the wider boxing world at present.

Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes that will all change if he produces the kind of performance he is capable of.

The former Titchfield ABC amateur will be mixing with the likes of Martin Murray, Anthony Ogogo and recently deposed world champion Jamie McDonnell.

Ballingall is confident they will all be talking about Moore after his meeting with Taylor.

He said: ‘This is Floyd’s first time on the big stage. He has been mixing with people at the top of their game and he knows what to expect.

‘No-one knows about Floyd – but they will do soon.

‘He has a great personality which helps him to get on with people.

‘But it’s the fact that he is an exciting fighter which will make him popular. He brings nothing but excitement and value for money. We are on early on the show but that doesn’t matter. We are nothing until we do something. This is the world scene we are mixing in with.

‘By tonight, though, everyone will know who Floyd Moore is and all these big names will want to shake his hand.’

Ballingall backed Moore not to be overawed by the attention he will receive on a high-profile show in London.

He said: ‘I don’t believe Floyd will be fazed. He is focused on the job at hand. Floyd is a pure fighter. He just wants to get in there and box.

‘He won’t lose his concentration and is focused and ready to deliver a devastating number on Taylor.’

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