Moore on revenge mission for city homecoming

Mark Coombs, left, and Floyd Moore were in the gym yesterday fine-tuning their preparations before fight night at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea   Mark Coombs, left, and Floyd Moore were in the gym yesterday fine-tuning their preparations before fight night at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea   Mark Coombs, left, and Floyd Moore were in the gym yesterday fine-tuning their preparations before fight night at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea   Picture: Allan Hutchings
Mark Coombs, left, and Floyd Moore were in the gym yesterday fine-tuning their preparations before fight night at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea Mark Coombs, left, and Floyd Moore were in the gym yesterday fine-tuning their preparations before fight night at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea Mark Coombs, left, and Floyd Moore were in the gym yesterday fine-tuning their preparations before fight night at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Floyd Moore will have revenge on his mind as professional boxing returns to the city tomorrow.

The Fareham battler takes on journeyman Johnny Greaves at the Pyramids, Southsea, as local pro fighters get a run-out on home soil.

Moore went down to a surprise defeat to Greaves on his pro bow in Eastleigh in 2010.

The 22-year-old lost a points decision but has since gone on to build a 7-3-1 record in the paid ranks.

Now he is looking to put right that blemish on his record in a return match with the Londoner.

Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, is confident Greaves will be in for a shock when he meets the lightweight for a second time.

Ballingall said: ‘Floyd is boxing the boy who beat him on his debut.

‘Johnny will be desperate for a win because he’s a journeyman at the end of his career, and the board will be keeping an eye on him.

‘He has the mental edge and will be coming for a win, so we have to make sure Floyd’s on it.

‘Floyd has learnt so much since that contest that I think Johnny will get a massive shock.

‘Since he beat him, Floyd has had some massive knockout wins and come on in leaps and bounds.

‘So we need to see how much he has improved.

‘The other lads in the gym have stayed sharp and are just tuning up now.

‘Garry Neale is looking sharp but has to give weight away due to a lack of opponents.

‘He’s boxing Bheki Mayo, who has fought Mark Coombs before.

‘He’s looking strong, fit and is up for it mentally.’

Andy Gatenby takes his next step in the pro game after a promising debut when the super-bantamweight tackles Delroy Spencer.

But the Portsmouth card will be topped by Mark Coombs, who takes on Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov for the International Masters title.

The light-middleweight is aiming to put on a show in his 10th professional contest.

And Coombs, nicknamed Kid Kurylak, knows he will have to be ready for the test in what will be the biggest moment of his boxing career to date.

‘Mark will be the grand finale and is as fit as a fiddle,’ said Ballingall.

‘He is looking really good in sparring and his fitness isn’t up for question.

‘He’s right up for this fight and if we get a win we can then push on.

‘He’s physically fit, but has been working all the time, as well.

‘Mark’s boxing a lad who was Bulgarian champion as an amateur.

‘He’s then come here and boxed at a higher weight class and got beat.

‘Now he’s back over and coming to get a win, so Mark has to be ready for him.’