We want huge boxing show at Fratton Park

From left: Steve Goodwin, Lucas Ballingall and Dave Birmingham. Picture: Sarah Standing (160916-4581)

From left: Steve Goodwin, Lucas Ballingall and Dave Birmingham. Picture: Sarah Standing (160916-4581)

Dave Birmingham, left, v David Miko. Picture: Neil Marshall

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THE DREAM is an open-air show at Fratton Park.

And promoter, Steve Goodwin, is confident that can become a reality.

Goodwin stages his next event in Portsmouth on July 9 as Joel McIntyre and Lucas Ballingall co-headline at Liquid nightclub.

And the Goodwin Promotions man has told of his ambitions for boxing in the city moving forward.

Pompey and the professional boxing community have been forging closer links in recent times.

That was seen with Fratton Park holding a pre-fight press conference this week.

And the hope is that invigorated link-up could see an oft-mooted show staged at the Blues’ home moving forward.

Goodwin said: ‘I want to do a show at Portsmouth Football Club. That’s always been an aim.

‘With Joel McIntyre signing it’s opened more doors.

‘He’s definitely a fighter who can be in major title contention.

‘The same can be said of Floyd Moore, if his injuries hold up.

‘We’ve got Lucas Ballingall coming through, who is going to be an exciting fighter.

‘There are some good young kids making their debuts in the coming months, too.

‘So, if we continue to build here, I don’t see why we can’t have a massive fight here next summer or the one after at Portsmouth. That’s the aim.

‘We stage our show in big venues, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

‘The club have a good relationship with Michael Ballingall and the boxing gym. So it’s something we will be looking at and hope to talk about.

‘Hopefully it could help a bit with their revenue, and I’m sure the club are keen to develop sport in the area.’

Featherweight Ballingall and light-heavyweight McIntyre are joined by Biola Kudus and former Pompey player David Birmingham on the next show.

Southampton’s Charlie Quinn makes his pro debut with Floyd Moore out of his Southern Area title defence with a hand injury.

Goodwin explained he’s looking to increase his stable of boxers in the area to create a foundation to build shows on.

He said: ‘When we came here we linked up with Michael (Ballingall)

‘Michael had a few fighters like Garry Neale and Ryan Davies, but they seem to have parted their way with the game. So we are being pro-active in signing Portsmouth boxers.

‘That way we have a team of boxers to work alongside him. We were over-reliant on Michael’s gym to make the cards work, so we needed to find our own talent.

‘So we are both building our stables, we work together and it helps with longevity. It means we’re not dependent on one or two fighters and it gives Portsmouth the chance to grow.’

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