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Masterly Moore hits career high

Floyd Moore has Phil Gill on the ropes Picture: Mick Young

Floyd Moore has Phil Gill on the ropes Picture: Mick Young

 

Floyd Moore detonated his trademark bombs on the way to an explosive British Masters title victory in Fareham.

Moore ended the career of highly-touted Essex fighter Phil Gill with a dynamite first-round stoppage in front of his army of fans.

The Pacman was one of four first-round wins in one of the most exciting small-hall shows to have graced the area in a long time.

It was Moore who took centre stage, though, to dismiss the formidable challenge of the experienced Gill and capture the light-welterweight belt.

Gill started positively enough and began to land punches until a blistering right from Moore put him on the canvas.

The referee ruled no knockdown, but Gill found himself paralysed by a shot to the body just seconds later.

Seizing the opportunity, and in characteristic search-and-destroy fashion, Moore clinically delivered a savage two-fisted assault that detonated on Gill’s chin.

That saw the referee step in and crown the biggest night of the 9-3-1 man’s career.

Moore left Gill in tears after the victory, with his opponent calling time on his 14-3-2 professional career.

The 23-year-old admitted the win saw his game plan go out of the window.

He said: ‘We’re both come-forward fighters and my plan was to box him, but I looked at my corner and they said just crack him!

‘I’m chuffed to bits at the result.’

Moore is now targeting a step down to the lightweight division and a crack at Liam Shinkwin’s Southern Area title.

His trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes the win has silenced Moore’s doubters as his boxing development continues apace.

Ballingall said: ‘Floyd shows that you should never write a boxer off.

‘Phil Gill put out a statement that Floyd shouldn’t be boxing a couple of years ago.

‘But he is one of the most improved boxers around.

‘His commitment to the sport has made such a change in him.

‘Floyd has that stubbornness and will not quit – and that shows in his performances.

‘There are no hard feelings with Phil.

‘He was in tears afterwards and has said he will call it a day.

‘But he is a humble person and we wish him the best.

‘Now Floyd is after the Southern Area title. That has to be what we are looking for.

‘He has sent a massive message out to people with that win, and he has shown what he is capable of achieving.’

Elsewhere, Leigh Park’s Garry Neale moved to 3-0 with an outstanding performance against Dunfermline’s Michael Stupart, who was totally overwhelmed by the blizzard of punches coming his way from the stylish light-welterweight in the first round.

Neale’s efficiency and conditioning drew praise from Ballingall.

He said: ‘Garry’s first-round stoppage was excellent. He looked impressive and showed that his conditioning is first class.

‘Garry is a disciplined person. It’s about how much you want it in boxing – and Garry wants it’

 

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