Moore’s aiming to move closer to title shot

Fareham light-welterweight Floyd Moore
Fareham light-welterweight Floyd Moore
Joel McIntyre. Picture: Sarah Standing (161623-8349)

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Floyd Moore has set his sights on a title shot by the end of 2012.

Moore is joined by Sam Couzens and Shaun Tribble in action tonight.

Popular Fareham light-welterweight Moore steps up to the six-round distance as he takes the next step in a rollercoaster pro career in Brighton.

Moore will be roared on by his army of fans as he meets Bulgaria’s Yanko Marinov.

The 21-year-old will look to take his record to 6-2 and show the strides he’s making in the paid ranks.

Moore proved his development last time out with a dominant performance over journeyman spoiler Robin Deakin.

And now he’s looking to push on his education against an opponent who has fought for a national title in his native country.

Moore is taking the move into the professional game in his stride, but admits he would like a shot at his first belt by the end of the year.

He said: ‘It’s gone well for me in training.

‘I’ve had a little hand injury, but the fitness and sharpness is there.

‘I’m stepping up the rounds, which I was a little nervous about.

‘But the training has gone well and I know I’m ready for it.

‘My pro career has been up and down. It started badly but the loss taught me a lot and I’ve been learning more and more as I’ve gone along.

‘I’m getting better in each fight and I know I’m going to have massive support with me.

‘It feels good to have that and it will push me on.

‘I want to get a good performance under my belt and keep learning.

‘Hopefully, by the end of the year, I might be able to get a title shot.’

Meanwhile, Jack Bishop-trained duo Couzens and Tribble are both aiming to chalk up wins in London.

Couzens will be out to wreak more havoc on Dan Woodgate in Camden Town.

The Titchfield entertainer inflicted the only defeat of Woodgate’s seven-fight pro career on him in 2010.

And he’ll be out to deliver more of the same against an opponent who has been talked up as being capable of making waves.

Lightweight Tribble will be looking to chalk up the first win of his pro career against Chichester’s Billy Lavelle.

The 24-year-old Tribble has found himself on the wrong end of a couple of disputed decisions in his three contests.

Their manager is confident they will both put in strong performances.

He said: ‘They are both going into enemy territory and are up for it.

‘Sam has beaten his opponent before and they keep asking for a return.

‘He’s always enthusiastic and will never back out of anything. He’s dying to get in there and get a win.

‘Shaun has been robbed blind in the past.

‘But I was with Johnny Nelson a few years ago in Denmark.

‘He lost his first three fights, but went on to be world champ.

‘Shaun’s learning all the time and I think he will get there.’