FLOYD MOORE had no complaints as his bid for Prizefighter glory came up short.
The Fareham battler fell at the first hurdle as he bowed out of the Sky Sports-televised event against classy Welshman Gary Buckland on Saturday night.
But Moore drew acclaim for his gutsy effort in a crowd-pleasing performance at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Moore went down to a unanimous 30-27 points loss at the quarter-final stage to the pre-tournament favourite.
But the 24-year-old has vowed to continue in boxing and get back into the title mix in 2015.
The opening round proved a close affair and you could have presented a case for saying Moore edged it.
But Buckland stepped on the gas in the second with some hurtful shots which backed up the well-supported lightweight.
And there was more of the same from the former British champ and Prizefighter winner in the third, although Moore had his moments.
The 10-6-1 man cut a disappointed figure after the loss but there was no shame in defeat to an opponent who is a level above him.
Moore’s army of supporters cheered their man out of the ring and the gutsy fighter could be pleased with how he stood up to the quality of his rival.
Now there is a rest period for the boxer before he returns in the new year.
Moore said: ‘I’m gutted because I really believed I was going to win it.
‘But there is no shame in losing to a top-level operator like Gary Buckland.
‘He is a different level but I stayed in there for three rounds with him and put on an entertaining fight.
‘I know I can be proud of what I put into it. I’ve trained very hard for this so it’s disappointing.
‘He hits hard and is pretty relentless but I’ve shown I can stay in there with people like that.
‘I’m still just 24 and I’m still at the beginning of my career. There’s no way I could knock it on the head.
‘So I’m going to go on holiday and have Christmas off.
‘Losing to Gary Buckland has done me no harm really.
‘I’ll be back in the new year in Portsmouth and looking to entertain people again.’
Moore started the contest well and showed he clearly wasn’t overawed by the occasion. He utilised his jab well, kept a high guard and set a busy pace.
It was a different story in the second, though, as Buckland totally dominated.
Moore was slowed by a body shot which saw him back off and retreat to the ropes.
Buckland kept looking for his rival as he came forward but Moore stayed on his feet.
Moore was doing well to withstand the onslaught and took some savage-looking hooks.
The former Titchfield amateur made it a more even third round but it was still Buckland who was getting off the greater volume of work with more accuracy.
It was the body shots which were doing the damage with Moore being made to miss as he loaded up looking for the stoppage.
It never came, though, and it was Buckland’s arm held aloft as the decision was announced.
Buckland went down to a surprise defeat in the semi-final of the competition, though.
He looked to have done enough to edge Jono Carroll but the Irishman was given the decision and went on to take the title.