Record-breaking win - after Moore breaks bones

Floyd Moore, right Picture: Mick Young
Floyd Moore, right Picture: Mick Young
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Floyd Moore served up a record-breaking Southern Area title win with a devastating fourth-round stoppage of Danny Carter.

And the Fareham braveheart then amazingly revealed he delivered a career highlight with a broken collarbone.

I looked at my trainer and he told me to steam him - I haven’t got a problem with that!

Floyd Moore

Moore admitted he picked up the fracture in a freak accident falling off a bicycle 10 weeks ago.

But instead of calling off the fight, which wrecked his training and sparring plans, the lightweight chose to keep the injury a secret.

His gamble paid off in spectacular fashion as he demolished gutsy Carter with a fearsome display of rib-breaking body punching.

That makes the 25-year-old the first boxer from the Portsmouth area to win a Southern Area title twice.

Moore did that in a seething atmosphere at the home of British boxing, London’s York Hall in Bethnal Green.

The crowd-pleasing scrapper stated the moment ranked with his first title victory – and paid tribute to his legion of backers.

And there were words of praise for his opponent who continued after breaking his ribs from hurtful Moore shots.

Moore said: ‘I’m over the moon – and what an atmosphere to do it in.

‘My supporters made it as good, if not better, than winning the title on TV the first time.

‘I was fit but the shot I finished it with, a left-hook to the body, wasn’t one we could work on in training.

‘He did well to beat the count but I could tell he was hurt.

‘I looked at my trainer and he told me to steam him – I haven’t got a problem with that! I ambushed him and “bosh” game over.

‘He’s broken his ribs so credit to him for getting up.

‘I broke my collarbone 10 weeks ago when I fell off a push-bike.

‘I woke up in hospital on the Sunday and couldn’t move my arm, but decided to keep it quiet.

‘I could only start punching in training four weeks ago, and that was mainly jabbing!

‘But it worked out in the end and it feels the best. To win the title twice and be the first to do it is top notch.’

Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, spoke of his delight and relief Moore delivered without a hitch.

Former Southern Area champ, Danny Connor, immediately called out Moore after the fight. Ballingall promised that is a contest which can take place – on Moore’s terms.

Ballingall said: ‘Floyd shouldn’t have taken the fight.

‘The gamble paid off, though, and we now need to speak to our manager, Steve Goodwin, about what’s next.

‘Danny Connor keeps calling Floyd out, but Floyd’s the champ and can call the shots.

‘We can fulfil Danny Connor’s dream – let’s bring him to Portsmouth in the new year.’