Moore ready to hit back in style

Floyd Moore after losing out to Yordan Vasilev on February   'Picture: Mick Young
Floyd Moore after losing out to Yordan Vasilev on February 'Picture: Mick Young
Eric Israel

Portsmouth man reveals parents don’t know he’s a boxer after shock TV win

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Floyd Moore knows he can move a big step closer to fulfilling his revenge mission tonight.

The lightweight suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Yordan Vasilev in front of a sell-out home crowd at Fareham Leisure Centre in February in a classic – and often brutal – contest.

But Moore has been told that victory over another Bulgarian, Asen Vasilev, in Camden tonight will give ‘Pac Man’ a likely rematch with the boxer who defeated him earlier this year.

Moore said: ‘This fight is all about getting a win and getting my career back on track.

‘I don’t feel under any pressure because I lost my last fight. I’m just going to go out there and do what I do.

‘Tonight’s opponent has got the same name as my last opponent and is from the same area – but the result will be different.’

Moore’s heart-on-his-sleeve scrapping has made him a favourite.

And his supporters – including dad, Jason – head up to the Camden Centre tonight looking to see the 6-3-1 fighter return to winning ways.

Moore said: ‘Dad was an exciting amateur in his day. He wasn’t the most dedicated but he could punch.

‘Not many of his fights went the distance – and neither do mine!

‘I think that’s why I get such good support. My fights are usually entertaining.

‘Dad is my biggest fan. He sells a lot of tickets for me and I will have a good following tonight.

‘There should be around 70 of my supporters there and they will definitely make themselves heard.

‘They will be the noisiest crowd in Camden.’

Moore’s trainer, Mike Ballingall, praised his charge’s mental strength to recover from his loss earlier this year.

And after hard work preparing for the fight, Moore has been backed to get the better of his 13-27 opponent in the capital.

Ballingall said: ‘Floyd’s tough mentally and doesn’t let things break him.

‘He won’t give up and was talking about fighting again straight after the last fight.

‘If you have an accident in the swimming pool you need to get straight back into the pool.

‘He was straight back in the gym and we want to get him a couple of fights and hopefully then a rematch.’

Ballingall added: ‘He’s looking good in sparring.

‘His opponent has boxed a lot of good lads like Oisin Fagan, Matthew Hatton and Steve Smith.

‘But we think Floyd will go up there and do the business – and he’ll have some good backing.

‘Floyd’s a grafter who will get in there, brush off the loss and want to get back on a winning streak.

‘We’ve been working on his defence.

‘We know Floyd can whack but he needs to move out of the way of shots. He’s getting it right.

‘Floyd is an entertainer and I think he can go out and get a stoppage.’

Tickets are still available to watch Moore in London tonight. Call 07703 987671.