Ryan Moore has been backed to prove himself as one of the middleweight division’s biggest punchers as he takes the next step in his professional career.
The Waterlooville show-stopper will have his second contest next month as he looks to make a name for himself in the paid ranks.
Moore, right, will box in Southampton on June 30 against an unconfirmed opponent.
That’s after the 23-year-old delivered a sensational knockout in his first contest at the Mountbatten Centre in March.
Moore took just 75 seconds to finish off Iain Jackson in a display which saw him gain the plaudits with a ferocious performance.
Few have been able to take apart journeyman Jackson in the manner in the former Waterlooville ABC boxer did. That display excited the crowd and raised the bar for Moore.
His trainer Michael Ballingall believes he has the potential to make a name for himself in the sport.
Ballingall knows Moore has the ability to get fans on their feet with his concussive power.
And he urged local boxing fans to get behind his charge at the start of what could be an impressive career.
Ballingall said: ‘Ryan was the show-stopper in March. He took out an opponent, who is known as being durable, in 75 seconds.
‘There are high-class prospects who haven’t been able to do what Ryan did.
‘I was looking for Ryan to show he could box but he was forced into a fight and went for the finish.
‘If he spots the opening he has the power to take these people out. That’s what he did. I believe Ryan can punch as hard as anyone out there in the middleweight division in this country.
‘There are a lot of other things we are working on, but he has what it takes to go a long way.
‘We are happy with his start, now we have to keep him busy. We want to see Ryan fighting regularly and people coming out to support him.
‘People could say they were there at the beginning and follow him all the way through.
‘We want a future star in Portsmouth and Ryan has the potential to be able to get there.’
Ballingall is confident a move to a new gym will help the stable of young professional boxers in Portsmouth to grow.
His set-up in Copnor has been well-received and he believes will help the local scene flourish.
Ballingall said: ‘We’re in the new gym now and I have the chance to do more with the boxers.
‘I can sit them down and go through clips of great boxers and study them.
‘And we will be able to record them sparring and go over the footage.
‘We want to make things more professional and structured.
‘Things are on the up in the amateurs with Jack Stringer doing well after winning the Junior ABAs.
‘There is a chance to get things going locally – and that’s what we intend to do.’