Fareham’s Floyd ‘Pacman’ Moore hopes to reignite his career with a winning performance in the popular Prizefighter tournament at London’s venerable York Hall on 6th December.
Screened live on Sky Sports, the tournament sees eight of the leading boxers in a particular division meet on one night in an elimination process that sees one fighter emerge victorious. Portsmouth’s own Tony Oakey won the battle of light-heavyweights in 2009, and Floyd hopes a good performance can catapult him back into championship contention after a year where he has lost two fights back to back, and oh yes, there’s also the tantalising prospect of a £32,000 purse for the winner.
“I believe I can win it, I really do. I was so pleased to get the opportunity as it’s something I’ve wanted for two years. After the last two losses I was struggling to get motivated and training half-heartedly, but now getting that call has completely changed things. I’m really happy.”
Floyd lost his Southern Area title in June by a nail-bitingly close decision to Adam Dingsdale and suffered the ignominy of a first round stoppage to Dean Mills in September that left many questioning his future in the game: “I’ve had setbacks. The Dingsdale loss was very close and Mills just caught me clean on the temple. The losses don’t really mean anything to me, but I really want to do well in Prizefighter and bounce back. I never contemplated retirement as my careers been up and down and I’m due an up again! The loss to Mills may have done me a favour because if the other boxers think they can do the same thing it’s just going to play into my hands.”
Moore is an exciting fighter with concussive power in either hand and he’ll need all his skills to overcome the formidable opposition of Prizefighter rivals including former British champion Gary Buckland and ex-European champion Stephen Foster Jnr: “I believe Buckland will be the favourite, but I’ve sparred twenty or thirty rounds with him, held my own and even got the better of him. He’s a top class operator though and three rounds with him will be a war, but I believe I’m the biggest puncher in the tournament.
The format suits my style. I’ll definitely be starting fast and throwing a lot of shots which is crucial to winning 3 x 3 minute rounds. It’s made for me and I’ll approach whoever I fight in there with the same tactics, fast and aggressive. I’ll have loads of my fans with me on the night too.
“I’ve been doing a lot of strength work and cardio, and I think my trainer Michael Ballingall will be taking me to Ireland for sparring. The training is going to be intense and I’m going to be in the best shape possible. Every night now I’m going to bed imagining winning it. It’s a lot of money too, but it’s also about the opportunities that may come afterwards. It would mean much more to me than winning the Southern Area title, and it’s going to be the biggest night of my career so far.”