Moore bang up for Fareham fireworks

Floyd Moore dominates Janis Puskins at South Parade Pier last year. Picture: Mick Young (122724-36)
Floyd Moore dominates Janis Puskins at South Parade Pier last year. Picture: Mick Young (122724-36)
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Floyd Moore is targeting big fight fireworks as he aims to kick-start a memorable 2013.

Moore will meet Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev at Fareham Leisure Centre as he goes for his first title on February 23.

The 22-year-old is aiming to pick up the International Masters strap as he steps up to 10 rounds for the first time.

And the lightweight is aiming to put on a show in front of his army of loyal followers.

Moore is aiming for a big year, with a Southern Area title the ambition.

There are some interesting domestic dust-ups opening up for 6-2 man who has won his past three outings.

But Moore is staying focused on delivering against Vasilev first – and turning on the style on home soil.

He said: ‘I’ve been given my opponent and now have someone to focus on. I’ve seen him before and he is really game.

‘He’s ranked number one in his country at super-featherweight but is stepping up to lightweight.

‘He will come to fight and he won’t run away.

‘Hopefully that will play into my hands and give the supporters a good contest to watch. That’s what I want.

‘It has the makings of an exciting contest. I’m not going to look past this fight and I want to this one well.

‘But I don’t want to go backwards, and a Southern Area fight could be a good one for me down the road.

‘I’d love to have that belt around me by the end of the year. I’m not saying I want to be world champion but I think that could be a realistic aim for me.

‘There are a few names out there like Matty Tew from Southampton.

‘I’d fight Matt and Ryan Taylor is fighting for the Southern Area in March. There’s Phil Gill, too, who I have a bit of history with.

‘He’s saying he wouldn’t make the weight but I’d to love have that fight – if he really wants it.

‘I’m looking for a good 2013, but I need a good performance first to kickstart it.’

With Moore stepping up 10 rounds he knows he needs to be in the shape of his life ahead of fight night.

That has seen him undertake some top-drawer sparring.

Moore has worked with British lightweight title-challenger Ben Murphy, who lost out to Martin Gethin earlier this month.

He has also been travelling to Wales for sparring with British champs Gary Buckland and Lee Selby.

Moore is thankful for that chance as well as the support he’s receiving from father Jason ahead of the fight.

He has taken on the strain of selling the masses of tickets being demanded for the show.

That allows Moore to focus strictly on the business of boxing.

He said: ‘The sparring has been brilliant. I got the chance to spar with Ben Murphy and felt I held my own with him. He was strong but I stood there and we had a tear-up.

‘I’ve been going to Wales for three weekends for sparring with Lee Selby and Gary Buckland.

‘They are lighter and really sharp with ability. You have to dig deep but I’ve never felt better as a result.

‘The tickets are flying, too, and my dad is like a promoter pushing them!

‘That takes the stress off me. It makes the world of difference because I just think about performing.’