Floyd Moore has promised more big fight drama as he aims for a British title shot.
The Fareham lionheart tackles the toughest test of his career tonight as he makes his first Southern Area lightweight title defence against Adam Dingsdale.
But Moore is predicting he’ll deliver knockout excitement as he looks to rekindle the spirit of the great Tony Oakey nights at the Mountbatten Centre, as he steps into the arena.
The 23-year-old will be backed by his usual army of supporters, with Kent’s Dingsdale also bringing a healthy following.
Moore has made unbelievable progress after a less than inspiring amateur career and opening pro loss to journeyman Johnny Greaves.
His title win against Ryan Taylor in December came against the odds, as he stopped the Matchroom Sports fighter in four rounds at the ExCel Arena.
Now he is out to top that display and push himself towards a British title eliminator in front of packed crowd.
Moore said: ‘This is my toughest test – by far.
‘I’m the underdog but I’m on home turf.
‘I’m the main event and people talk about me, but I’m little Floyd Moore who got beat by Johnny Greaves.
‘I can’t really believe what’s happened myself. But now I believe I can go on and do a bit more.
‘He is high up the rankings, so the winner will get a British title eliminator. It’s mental really. I’ve not had help from promoters, but I got a shot on an away show and did the business.
‘The atmosphere is going to be electric.
‘I remember when Tony (Oakey) used to fight here. They were mad nights, but I don’t think it will be too far from that.
‘People will get value for money. I can’t wait to get in there.’
Dingsdale has just a single defeat from 12 professional contests – to highly-rated Irishman Stephen Ormond.
His amateur pedigree, where he won a national title and boxed for England as a junior, shows his skill set.
But Moore believes he has the concussive power to do damage.
And he predicted the contest will be the usual all-action affair he brings to the table.
Moore said: ‘I’ve read a couple of things they’ve said that I can bang a bit, but that’s it. But I can actually box a bit as well. I can use my jab and I’m not a one trick pony.
‘Who knows how it will go on the night? I know it will be exciting, though.
‘He’s a tall boxer, but he likes a tear-up.
‘He likes to get stuck in so I’m ready for a hard night and going 10 rounds.
‘If I beat him people will really start to take note. He is a good fighter, so that will mean more when I beat him.
‘I’m confident I will be able to knock him out.
‘He has a good pedigree and is tall with quick hands.
‘But I’ll put pressure on him and that will tell.’
‘I sell tickets because people know there will be action.
‘They think either of us could go, but it will be exciting. Whether it’s early or later, I don’t know, but there will be drama.’