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Michael Ballingall, above, is predicting another 'spectacular' battle involving Floyd Moore tonight
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Excitement is guaranteed.

That is trainer Michael Ballingall’s promise as Floyd Moore makes his first Southern Area title defence.

And Ballingall believes the Fareham whirlwind can produce a boxing rags-to-riches story to inspire fighters from all backgrounds.

Moore’s clash with Adam Dingsdale tonight could pave the way for a British lightweight title shot for the winner.

The word is Liverpool’s Derry Matthews is set to vacate that crown, opening a path for either Dingsdale or the 23-year-old to fight for it.

So the stakes are high ahead of the clash at a packed Mountbatten Centre.

Battler Moore’s normal army of fans will be present with Kent’s Dingsdale also well backed.

The 10-3-1 man is known for his all-action style, which normally delivers excitement.

His trainer, Ballingall expects things to be no different tonight.

Ballingall said: ‘Floyd is coming to win and is exciting. He is never in an ordinary fight.

‘He is always in a spectacular battle. He is the king of the small hall show.

‘These are the shows which boxing needs to survive.

‘He sells tickets and he brings action. Floyd is always in an action-packed fight.

‘There is always drama and that’s what makes him exciting. He’s trained hard and dedicated himself.

‘They both have big hearts, but he is beatable.’

Moore has come a long way since his days as a win some, lose some amateur with Titchfield.

Dingsdale, by comparison, impressed in the vest and headguard winning a national junior title and boxing for England three times.

The man whose only pro defeat was to highly-touted Irishman Stephen Ormond also had a narrow victory over Moore in the amateur code.

Ballingall feels all of that counts for little tonight – and Moore can show that late developers can succeed in the paid ranks.

He said: ‘Floyd hasn’t been protected. He has come from the very bottom. So, for him to one day fight for the British title, would be something. It would show that it cane be done.

‘You don’t have to be a national champion or have boxed for England to do it.

‘They’ve met before, but that was for three rounds in the amateurs. This is for 10 rounds. There is more grit involved.

‘There are a lot of boxers out there like that. This is the hardest fight of Floyd’s career and it can also be his defining fight.’