Moore: I have to prove I still have the hunger

FLOYD MOORE'S out to prove he's still got the hunger to get among the belts.

Saturday, 8th July 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:38 am

The Fareham braveheart returns to the ring after a 14-month absence today as he meets durable journeyman Lee Connelly London’s York Hall.

It’s a chance for the 26-year-old to make an impact and show he’s still got the desire to make a mark in boxing.

Fatherhood and a lack of focus combined to see the two-time Southern Area champion take time out from the sport.

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But the popular ticket seller explained he feels rejuvenated and has set his sights on the winning the English title at lightweight.

Moore knows, however, Connelly will be a test which tells him if he still has the fire for the noble art burning inside.

He said: ‘It’s going well - better than it’s been for a long while.

‘I’m enjoying training again, I’m going about it properly and losing the weight properly.

‘I think I needed a break, really. I want to be in the gym and out running now. I’m feeling good.

‘My missus has had a baby and I’m doing it for the family now.

‘I’m still young. I’m only 26.

‘I know I won’t get loads of chances, but I need to give it a proper crack.

‘I want to give it my best shot and see how far I can go.

‘He’s tough, so it’ll make me realise if I’ve still got it and how much I want it.

‘I’d like to think I could win the English title. That’s the aim.

‘I’ve won the Southern Area twice, so it’s realistic.’

Connelly brings a losing 6-25-2 record into the contest with Moore, who’s aiming to improve his 14-6-1 standing.

The Derbyshire man’s resume doesn’t tell the tale of taking fights at short notice and giving large amounts of weight away to his opponent’s, though.

Connelly does hold a win of Moore’s stablemate, Ross Jameson last year, however. Jameson took rising star Conor Benn the distance three weeks after that loss.

Moore knows a fully-prepared Connelly will offer problems.

But he is targeting making a statement - and returning with a bang.

Moore said: ‘It’s the sort of fight I’ve been known to struggle with in the past. He’ll come and have a go.

‘He comes for a scrap, so I’m not overlooking him.

‘If he’s trained properly he can give anyone a hard time.

‘He can be caught, though, where he goes for it - and if I catch anyone they go over.

‘I want to make a statement, really - and that means stopping him.’