Floyd Moore was handed the toughest possible route to Prizefighter glory and smiled: Bring it on!
Moore was yesterday told he will open his campaign for title glory against former British champion and Prizefighter winner Gary Buckland tomorrow night.
Buckland is the bookies’ favourite to win the competition, which is broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Moore would then be likely to face former European champion – and second favourite for the title – Stephen Foster for a place in the final.
It’s an incredibly tough journey to the £32,000 winner’s cheque for the Fareham favourite.
But Moore explained he sees the draw as a positive and believes an early shock can deliver a surge of confidence and help him build momentum.
The 24-year-old is adamant he has what is takes to emerge victorious.
Moore said: ‘I’m happy with the draw, to be honest.
‘It’s tough and the second fight is going to Stephen Foster most probably. So it’s going to be the toughest possible route there can be.
‘If I can get through the first one, which I believe I can, anything can happen.
‘I believe I can win this.’
Moore is not going into the Buckland contest blind after facing the Welshman in sparring on a number of occasions.
The 10-5 man expects that will mean little on the night, however, when the intensity steps up on his big moment.
Moore was last night 9/1 for the title after drifting from 5/1 following yesterday’s draw.
But plenty are tipping the winner of the competition to emerge from the Buckland-Moore meeting, which will be the final match-up of the opening round.
Moore now has big-fight experience after stopping Ryan Taylor last year in a clash televised on Sky Sports.
He feels that can only help him tomorrow.
Moore said: ‘I’ve sparred Gary probably four or five times in the past and held my own against him. He’s had the better of me at times but I’ve also had the better of him.
‘Sparring is sparring, though, and it’s different on the night. I’m a better fighter than I am in sparring. I’m sure it’s the same for him.
‘The bookies had me third favourite but I’ve gone out after the draw. There’s money going on me, though.
‘A lot of people are saying they fancy me or Buckland, that’s good to hear.
‘And I know I can handle the big occasion now.’