Floyd back for Moore with capital return

Floyd Moore, right, and Yordan Vasilev during their enthralling encounter in Fareham back in February   Picture: Mick Young
Floyd Moore, right, and Yordan Vasilev during their enthralling encounter in Fareham back in February Picture: Mick Young
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Entertainer Floyd Moore makes his ring return next month.

The gutsy Fareham light-weight steps back into the ring on Saturday, May 11, in London following his barnstorming showdown with Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev in February.

And Moore will be joined on the card in Camden by Leigh Park’s Garry Neale, who takes the next step in his professional career.

Neale was a winner on his professional bow against Jamaican Brendan Bean on the card topped by Moore in his home town of Fareham.

Moore’s meeting proved to be one of the best contests seen locally in recent years, as he went toe-to-toe with his opponent for nine bloody rounds.

The 22-year-old was leading the fight before he was stopped, but is now desperate to get back to winning ways in the capital.

A rematch with Vasilev could be a possibility later this year, but Moore has his Camden clash to contend with first.

No opponent has yet been lined up for the 6-3-1 man, but Moore’s trainer Michael Ballingall underlined the fact that boxing fans know they will get value when he steps into the ring.

Ballingall said: ‘It’s Floyd’s comeback fight after that mouth-watering clash in Fareham.

‘No-one who was there will forget that contest.

‘We may look at getting a rematch with him down the road.

‘But first Floyd has to get back into the ring and start winning again.

‘His cut has healed up okay now and we want to get him back into the mix. We all know what Floyd brings, and people will be entertained by him.

‘It’s a chance for people to go to London, have a good night out and get behind their local boxers.

‘If people stick behind these boys it will make all the difference.’

Neale impressed in his meeting with Bean, and is now looking to stay busy and build a winning record.

The light-welterweight can call on the support of Leigh Park Warrior Tony Oakey for backing.

Ballingall believes Neale’s focus is firmly on the sport after moving into the paid ranks.

He said: ‘Garry is committed now. He has Tony Oakey right behind him, giving him encouragement and advice.

‘Garry is putting the hard work in and is in the gym training hard.

‘He did well on his debut, but there are still things to work on in his fitness.

‘He has no problems with strength because he is a block paver and works long hours at that.

‘Like many boxers, it’s not always easy to fit his training in around work. But we have a schedule where we work on technique.

‘Garry still has to move away from his amateur style.

‘But he’s developing, is keen and we’re moving in the right direction.’

Tickets for Moore’s fight return, along with Garry Neale, in London are priced £30 and £60. Contact 07708 080649 for details.