Moore set for repeat of war

  • Moore preparing for rematch with Vasilev
  • Bulgarian triumphed in bloody war in 2013
  • Couzens set for return with Hobbs
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FLOYD MOORE is out to settle the score with Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev.

Moore is bidding to put right his barnstorming loss to Vasilev in 2013 when they meet again at the Mountbatten Centre on Friday, June 26.

Floyd’s the king of small-hall boxing.

Michael Ballingall

The contest will be remembered as a small-hall classic with knockdowns and non-stop drama in a see-saw battle.

After a heavy first-round knockdown, the Fareham favourite charged back into the brutal clash and withstood a severe cut before being stopped in the ninth.

Moore, 24, earned the appreciation of a packed crowd for his bravery on that night.

Now he’s out for the win as the pair prepare to go toe-to-toe once more later this month.

Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, expects his man to bring more of the drama he’s renowned for to the table.

Ballingall said: ‘Anyone who was blessed enough to witness the first contest will know what this is about.

‘There are too many dead certs in boxing, but Floyd is now at the stage of his career where he wants to excite the crowd.

‘That’s what is going to happen again in this fight.

‘He got dropped heavily in the first, cut badly and then eventually stopped the last time they met.

‘That was two-and-a-half years ago and Floyd has learnt an awful lot in that time.

‘Now we need to see if he has learnt a lot. We need to show that he has moved on.

‘Vasilev will come to do exactly the same thing.

‘There is a game plan. It’s the same as last time but Floyd didn’t stay in the game plan and wanted a war. This time he knows what he has to do.

‘Everyone talked about the last fight between them – and I bet people will be doing the same this time.

‘Floyd’s the king of small-hall boxing.’

Elsewhere on the Portsmouth card, Sam Couzens has a return with Southampton’s Chris Hobbs, in a repeat of their 2014 draw. The Titchfield scrapper and Hobbs put on an entertaining battle and the same is expected as they square off again at light-heavyweight.

Leigh Park’s Garry Neale steps into the ring for the first time this year, as he bids to extend his unbeaten lightweight record to nine contests.

Michael McKinson aims for his sixth straight success at welterweight, while cruiserweight Biola Kudus looks to make it three unbeaten as a pro.

Aldershot lightweight Ryan Davies will put his six-fight unbeaten record on the line, while promising bantamweight Thomas Kindon is out for his fifth win.

Ballingall added: ‘There’s some good match-ups and there will be a lot of entertainment to be had.

‘Chris Hobbs v Sam Couzens was a good, little scrap last time and there’s no reason there won’t be a repeat.

‘Garry has had a bit of time out but is back in training and ready go again now.

‘Michael has a lot of ability, is learning his trade and improving all of the time. It’s going to be a good show.’

Tickets for the next pro show at the Mountbatten Centre on June 26 are now available priced £35 and £60 (ringside). Contact 07939 332010 for more details.