FLOYD MOORE’s south coast showdown with Matt Tew is today in the balance.
And Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, has challenged Tew’s camp to back their statement they are keen to take on the contest by delivering the exciting showdown to fight fans.
Talk has been circulating for weeks of the two meeting after Moore’s outstanding Southern Area lightweight title win in December.
A March 21 date at the Mountbatten Centre has been pencilled in for the meeting with the Southampton crowd-pleaser.
The match-up has all the hallmarks of a war, with neither man keen to take a backward step in the ring. But rumours are now circulating Tew’s camp are looking to duck out of the contest.
Ballingall believes the test of whether Tew wants to take on Moore will be seen in whether the fight is made.
He said: ‘There are reports it’s in the balance and Matt’s people don’t want the fight.
‘If they want the fight and aren’t ducking out, then sign the contract and give the people what they want.
‘Maybe there are too many people involved and that is causing a problem.
‘I know Matt and he doesn’t normally duck out of a fight.
‘But my personal feeling is it feels like he is going to pull out. In boxing, people don’t want to look like they are ducking a contest – but actions speak louder than words.’
With Kent’s Adam Dingsdale the mandatory challenger for Moore’s Southern Area title, it remains unclear what would be on the line in any meeting between Moore and Tew.
Dingsdale has a contest earmarked for March 8 at Bethnal Green, in which case he could then meet the winner of the Moore-Tew contest. Putting on the clash as an English title eliminator remains another option.
Ballingall said: ‘Dingsdale is in the mandatory position.
‘But it looks as if he’s accepted a fight. So Floyd and Tew could meet for the Southern Area, if it was accepted by the board, with Dingsdale having an option on the winner.
‘Floyd and Matt would be for an English title eliminator, at least, or an eliminator and the Southern Area title.’