Moore ready to take next step

120162-25_MY_Boxing'Professional Boxing, Mountbatten Centre.'Floyd Moore defeats Robin Deakin.'Pic Mick Young'17/03/12

120162-25_MY_Boxing'Professional Boxing, Mountbatten Centre.'Floyd Moore defeats Robin Deakin.'Pic Mick Young'17/03/12

The Fratton End on the opening weekend of the 2013-14 season after the Trust takeover Picture: Joe Pepler

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Floyd Moore has been backed to show his developing maturity as he steps up to six rounds for the first time on Saturday.

And the light-welterweight has been tipped to get into title contention in the next two years.

Moore tackles Latvian Janis Puksins at South Parade Pier, as he gears up for his eighth contest since stepping into the paid ranks.

The 22-year-old has been gaining some top sparring with the likes of British light-welterweight title challenger Dale Miles and light-heavyweight Ovil McKenzie to help him prepare for his next battle.

That was when he travelled to Derbyshire to hone his skills at the renowned Shinfield’s Gym.

Moore has continually shown his heart and fitness in his pro career to date.

But there has been room for improvement in plenty of other areas as he works on refining his skills.

His trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes the popular Fareham ticket-seller is now doing that – as fight fans will see this weekend.

And he feels Moore will be able to win a title if his development continues at the current rate.

Ballingall said: ‘Floyd is moving up to six rounds for the first time.

‘He is someone who turned professional at a young age and is learning as he goes. He is a very popular lad and has a good support.

‘We have seen that he boxes with his heart, almost a little too much heart at times.

‘We are trying to iron things out and stop him from throwing a million punches and having no defence.

‘We have a game plan for his next contest and are working on things to improve him. He’s boxing a tricky opponent who is not a puncher but has given people trouble in the past.

‘But Floyd has had some excellent sparring and is ready to go.

‘I’d like to keep bringing him along, see him emerge victorious this weekend and hopefully work towards a title in the next year or two.’

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