FLOYD MOORE’s south coast showdown with Matty Tew has been confirmed.
The pair will collide at Fareham Leisure Centre on March 22 in a meeting which promises fireworks.
The clash will be an English lightweight title eliminator, and could yet see Moore put the Southern Area crown he won in spectacular style in December on the line.
And it will see two former stable-mates and friends go up against each other as they bid to propel their careers forward.
Moore’s televised title win over Ryan Taylor last month saw him explode on to the national scene and into the boxing public’s consciousness.
Now he has the chance to really make a mark in what promises to be an exciting period for him.
The former Titchfield ABC amateur will have to overcome Tew, 31, who will hold the psychological edge over the hard-hitting crowd-pleaser.
The pair used to spar in Moore’s early days in the pro ranks, and it’s the Southampton man who would come out on top.
Moore’s development has been there for all to see, however, as he bids to establish himself in the pro ranks.
Trainer Michael Ballingall believes the 23-year-old will show who’s the better boxer now when they square off.
Ballingall said: ‘We couldn’t have asked for more at the end of last year.
‘What Floyd did (when winning the Southern Area title) was a major achievement. Not just what he did – but how he did it.
‘Floyd has made a mark and quite rightly earned accolades in the boxing world.
‘We had plenty of offers moving forward but we wanted Matty Tew. The Matty Tew saga is something Floyd wants to settle.
‘Matty was the senior boxer of the pair when Floyd first started, and they were in the same gym.
‘At the time Matty used to get the better of Floyd in sparring.
‘Since then Floyd has come on and on, though.
‘It’s something which is still in the back of Floyd’s head, however. He wants to settle that score.
‘You have to respect Matty’s fitness and will to win, and he is our friend. But it’s boxing at the end of the day.
‘Floyd has what it takes to beat him. It’s a local derby which is going to excite. Floyd is always in a thriller.’
Meanwhile, a host of local fighters will look to kick-start their careers in a pro show at the Pyramids on February 8.
Leigh Park’s Garry Neale will look to make it 5-0 as he takes on journeyman Jason Nesbitt.
Former army man Chris Hobbs (3-0) will also look to maintain his unbeaten record.
Lewie O’Mara is one of a trio of boxers looking for wins on their pro debuts.
Ryan Davies tackles Sid Razak as he also makes his bow, while Jason Turner will have to tame tricky journeyman Jody Meikle.
Ballingall added: ‘We want to keep the pro boxing scene moving in Portsmouth.
‘Lewie O’Mara is a tricky southpaw who’s young and we are looking to build him into the pro ranks.
‘It’s a development stage for these boxers, and hopefully they can progress well.’