Ryan Moore has been handed a tricky last-minute assignment on his second professional outing.
Moore will concede weight as he meets Bobby Wood in Southampton tomorrow.
That’s after a nightmare 24 hours for Michael Ballingall’s camp of boxers.
Paul Morby’s derby date with top Southampton talent Tony Hill has bitten the dust.
Morby was due to travel into the lion’s den to take on the middleweight who was being groomed for big things before two defeats on the bounce stalled his progress.
But a bout of flu has seen Hill sidelined and the Portsmouth man left without an opponent.
A Liverpool date for Liam Griffiths has fallen through, too, leaving Moore as the only man in action this weekend.
He was originally due to meet Jake Dyer at Oceana nightclub but that clash has now been cancelled.
Now Wood has been drafted in but with the Walsall man campaigning at light-heavyweight it means middleweight Moore will come in much the lighter man.
Ballingall believes he is more than capable of handling that, however, and will have the chance to impress over an extended period after an exciting first-round knockout win on his debut in March.
He said: ‘Ryan needs to go out and get himself a win.
‘It’s frustrating his original opponent has pulled out but we have had another option come in and we’ve had to take him.
‘It means Ryan will give away weight but he needs to get the rounds in.
‘He looked good last time but didn’t prove the skills he has by banging the kid out.
‘The other lad ran in and was trying to knock him out, so he had no choice.
‘Ryan has good defensive skills and can box a bit.
‘He has a lovely jab, too, so we want to have a good night’s work from him and build him up.
‘Paul’s opponent has pulled out which is frustrating.
‘It was chance for him to pull off a surprise and get a win people would always remember.
‘He was up for it and wouldn’t have gone in just to survive. But it’s important Ryan still gets out there and gets a good win.’
Meanwhile, Mark Coombs’ frustration at missing out on his British Masters title shot was tempered by a recent bout of sparring with British boxing’s rising star Kell Brook.
Coombs travelled to Sheffield to help Brook prepare for his meeting with Carson Jones on July 7.
It was a dream chance the 6-0 man grabbed with both hands. A return date was earmarked but has now fallen through to Coombs’ frustration.
He will now be looking towards the new season and the possibility of outings on shows in September in November.
One or both of them could take place in Portsmouth if discussions go well with potential organisers.
Ballingall said: ‘Mark loved going to spar with Kell.
‘It was a great experience for him and something he learned from.
‘It was going to happen again but the chance fell through. I think he’s been crying about it ever since!
‘We are looking at September and November for shows now.
‘September will hopefully be in Portsmouth – if not Brighton. We want to keep everyone busy.’