Moore fights on as rematch talk grows

Floyd Moore puts the pressure on. Picture: Mick Young
Floyd Moore puts the pressure on. Picture: Mick Young

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FLOYD MOORE has vowed to fight on following his controversial Southern Area title defeat.

And there could be a rematch on the cards with Adam Dingsdale after his 97-95 points win at a packed Mountbatten Centre on Friday night.

Dingsdale took referee Jeff Hinds’ decision over 10 absorbing rounds of action which delighted a vocal and passionate crowd.

This observer had it in Moore’s favour by two points, with many seasoned boxing experts at ringside believing the Fareham man had done enough to win.

Many of the rounds proved close, though, with it being a case of whether you liked Moore’s pressure and more hurtful shots or Dingsdale slick box-fighter approach and ringcraft.

The fighters delighted the crowd with their efforts, though, and both men have indicated they would be prepared to do it again.

Moore promised he will continue to box and bring his army of fans entertainment.

He said: ‘I always like to entertain.

‘He (Dingsdale) has boxed at European level and I didn’t get blasted out.

‘I landed the heavier shots and I got to him, but I’ve got no complaints with the result.

‘People maybe underestimate my boxing ability because I can punch.

‘But I showed what I can do and I’ve never felt that he could hurt me.

‘Maybe I could have been a bit busier on the inside to make it clear.

‘But, overall, I was happy with how I performed.

‘So there is no chance of me stopping.

‘I’ve still got a lot more to give.’

It proved a hotly-contested and nip-and-tuck affair throughout, with the battle constantly ebbing and flowing.

The first two rounds were close, with Moore arguably having the better of it, working well behind his jab and landing some hurtful hooks.

Moore’s pressure was being countered by Dingsdale’s movement and footwork on the outside and the home fighter was stung by a left as he conceded the third.

A fearsome flurry at the start of the fourth saw Moore come charging back, though, and a right hook was the best shot of the night from the Fareham man. Dingsdale edged the fifth as Moore was punished for admiring his own work on a couple of occasions.

But the sixth proved his best round of the fight, with a flurry of shots ending with a left hook which had the Kent man reeling.

The seventh saw more fearsome hooking from Moore but, with the frenetic pace briefly slowing, Dingsdale took the round with his smarter work on the outside catching the eye.

Dingsdale’s shots were finding Moore’s gloves in the eighth, with little doubt it was the home fighter who was landing the heavier and more hurtful punches.

Any doubts over Moore’s stamina were answered down the home straight but Dingsdale was also lasting the pace well.

Two thudding rights from Moore hit the mark in the ninth, with the crowd loving the action as momentum veered back and forth.

It was Dingsdale who was holding on at the end as a fierce Moore onslaught had him rocked.

But he managed to weather that storm and have his arm held aloft after the final bell. Now the clamour is already building for the pair to meet again – with a clash in Dingsdale’s territory in Kent a possibility.