FLOYD MOORE has seen a bizarre ankle injury put paid to his ring return.
The Fareham braveheart has fractured his ankle and damaged ligaments after tripping on a medicine ball.
That means the professional boxing show in Portsmouth on June 26 has been cancelled.
Moore was due to meet Yordan Vasilev, after being defeated by the Bulgarian in a barnstorming 2013 encounter.
But the 24-year-old has now had to admit defeat in his bid to settle that score.
Moore said: ‘I’m gutted. It’s not going to be ready in time.
‘I sparred on Saturday and have been feeling really strong.
‘I was doing a step-up exercise.
‘As I stepped down I went on to a medicine ball and rolled my ankle and collapsed.
‘At the time I went white and knew it was quite bad.
‘But I always tend to think I will be okay all of the time.
‘I was still thinking I could box, but when I went to the hospital they said it was the ligaments and a fracture.
‘So the whole show’s gone and there’s nothing I can do about it.’
News of a likely Southern Area title shot in September has tempered Moore’s frustrations at his latest setback.
Danny Connor has been mentioned as a possible opponent for the vacant lightweight belt in London.
Moore added: ‘I really wanted that fight and I’ve trained really hard.
‘But there is talk of going for a Southern Area title shot in September.
‘It’s vacant and there’s talk of Danny Connor in London.
‘It’s a hard fight but it’s a winnable fight, and my fans like travelling.
‘Hopefully we can get it on.’