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FLOYD MOORE geared up for his big Prizefighter moment and promised: It’s going to be a classic.

The Fareham braveheart steps into the boxing spotlight tonight as he goes into battle live on Sky Sports.

Moore has been given the toughest possible route to glory as he takes on tournament favourite Gary Buckland.

Boxing experts are predicting fireworks as the 24-year-old knockout artists goes up against the former British champion and previous Prizefighter winner.

And the man who has seen seven of his 10 professional wins come by stoppage believes they won’t be disappointed.

Moore said: ‘It’s got the makings of Prizefighter classic.

‘I’m the hardest puncher in this - and I’m punching harder than ever.

‘I’ve been going to bed and can’t sleep.

‘I’m just thinking about the fight the whole time.

‘I’ve just been visualising what is going to happen and what I’m going to do.

‘I’m constantly thinking about it - but now it’s nearly here.

‘He’s won it before, but that was four years ago.

‘Gary’s had a few wars since then.

‘My career has been ups and downs - I’m due an up moment now.

‘I’m made for these sort of nights.

‘I’m capable of setting the pace and I’m fitter than I’ve ever been.

‘I’m going in to set a nice pace.

‘There are easier fights but I’m not disappointed by the draw.

‘When I get that first win against Buckland, I’m going to gain so much confidence from it.

‘There’s great support and they will be there in numbers. It’s me and them - and we can’t wait. I believe I have what it takes.’

The Prizefighter works on a knockout basis with eight competitors involved.

After Thursday’s draw it became clear a win over Buckland could then pair Moore with former European champion Stephen Foster, who is second favourite with the bookies.

Moore would also have the least rest between contests with his the final of the four first-round clashes.

The odds are stacked against the 10-5 crowdpleaser, but his trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes taking on rivals will be like ‘knocking over skittles’ after Buckland is conquered.

He said: ‘Gary Buckland is favourite for the Prizefighter.

‘We have nothing to lose. Nothing. Floyd will be going out there and giving it his best shot.

‘Floyd and Gary have sparred and those who saw it will know Gary is in for a tough, tough night. Things can happen.

‘Once that lad is out the way the rest of them are going to be skittles. It’s going to be like knocking over skittles.’