FLOYD MOORE has set his sights on the next level after retaining his Southern Area title.
The Fareham braveheart served up more entertainment on the way to victory over London-based Ben Day on Saturday night.
Moore chalked up a 97-95 lightweight points success at the York Hall in London in front of his army of fans.
The 25-year-old boxed on the front foot in typical fashion, as he went hunting for his opponent.
But he came up against a slippery foe in Day, who was unbeaten in nine professional contests.
Moore didn’t find the mark quite as often as usual, but his pressure convinced referee Kieran McCann he was the victor.
Moore said: ‘I’m buzzing but it was a hard fight.
‘It was a hard 10 rounds and he is so awkward. I knew that would be the case, but maybe not quite that much. He was hard to nail down.
‘Ben will make a brilliant boxer look average with his style.
‘I caught him with a few nice shots, but not as many as I’d have liked.
‘It was close, but I edged the fight. Most people who watched it thought I’d won, but it wasn’t an easy fight.
‘My trainer was telling me to work but it was easier said than done.
‘I hurt him but following it up was difficult.
‘The fans loved it and everyone enjoyed it. They were excellent as ever and they got value for money.
‘All together I was happy. I got the win and that was the main thing.
‘Now, I’d like to move on to English-title level later on the year.’
Now Moore will look to stay busy with an appearance on the undercard of David Haye’s next heavyweight contest on May 21.
A six-round bout has been scheduled for the 13-6-1 man, who has the prospect of boxing at the O2 Arena in London to look forward to.
Moore is keen on the prospect of an English title contest against old foe Adam Dingsdale later this year.
Dingsdale picked up a disputed 97-95 points win at the Mountbatten Centre in 2014.
He said: ‘I’ve said I’d give Ben a rematch, but my team are looking at moving me on.
‘I think they thought they had it, but that is normal.
‘The majority in the venue thought I’d won it, especially being champion.
‘I was the one trying to make the fight and he was on the back foot.
‘So it’s job done and on to the next one, and I’m on the David Haye undercard with a six rounder.
‘I don’t know the opponent, but it’d be nice to stay busy and get a win.
‘Dingsdale is fighting for the English title and he’s said he’d give me a voluntary for that.
‘I’d like to think I’m working towards being mandatory for it anyway.
‘That’s the plan, and there’s no reason it can’t happen.’