Moore on title trail as big-time boxing is back

Floyd Moore is always a popular man on south coast shows. Picture: Mick Young (122724-30)
Floyd Moore is always a popular man on south coast shows. Picture: Mick Young (122724-30)
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Floyd Moore leads the charge as big-time boxing returns with a bang in 2013.

Moore tops the bill on a stacked professional card at Fareham Leisure Centre on February 23.

The 22-year-old is expected to battle it out for a British Masters title on the show.

He will be looking to improve his 6-2-1 record as he headlines a packed bill.

The likes of Ryan Moore, Mark Coombs, Liam Griffiths, Garry Neale and Chris Hobbs will also be in action.

And there is expected to be support from the likes of Joel McIntyre, Andy Gatenby, Andy Tew and Brad Watson.

The bumper card kick-starts what is hoped will be a busy year for the pro game locally.

Trainer Michael Ballingall expects Moore to shine as he is roared on by his army of followers.

Ballingall said: ‘It’s a big show for Floyd. He always sells a lot of tickets and this one isn’t going to be any different.

‘So we’re hopefully going to get him a title shot.

‘Floyd is a warrior and is totally fearless. He is doing well at the moment and we want to move him towards British level.

‘He can punch with the best of them and that is a great weapon.

‘I think he would knock out anyone if he caught them right.

‘We still have things to work on with him, though, and will be polishing him up.

‘He’s been busy over the Christmas period and we haven’t had any time off.

‘So we’ll be ready and prepared when the show comes around.’

Ballingall’s fighters have been enjoying some quality sparring as they gear up for their next outings.

The likes of Ben Kneller, Neale and Floyd Moore have been sparring with Brighton’s Ben Murphy ahead of his British title meeting with Martin Gethin.

Murphy visited Ballingall’s gym last night after the boxers recently travelled to Sussex.

Ballingall feels quality sparring is helping his boxers improve.

‘I know Ben is really happy with the sparring we have been giving him,’ he said.

‘Some of our boxers have never really sparred with someone of his level, so it’s been good for them.

‘Ben, Garry and Floyd were all working with him and enjoying it.

‘It’s been some pretty serious sparring because he’s got a British title fight coming up – and that’s a big opportunity for him.

‘It’s not been tip tapping around – the boys have been going all out.

‘I think one or two of them were a bit nervous beforehand but Ben has been impressed and it’s been a good experience for them.’

The show at Fareham marks the start of what Ballingall hopes will be a busy year for his gym.

A host of cards locally are in the pipeline for his boxers to showcase their talents.

He said: ‘The show at Fareham will be just the start.

‘We are looking to have another show in Portsmouth later this year.

‘We want to keep everyone as busy as possible. It’s a big year for a lot of people in the gym.

‘We have to push on towards big things and keep picking up wins.’