Title shot means Floyd’s sitting pretty

Floyd Moore Picture: Mick Young
Floyd Moore Picture: Mick Young
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FLOYD Moore has been catapulted up the boxing leagues after being handed a televised Southern Area title shot.

The gutsy Fareham battler will take on Londoner Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor for the lightweight crown on Sky Sports on December 14.

It’s a big moment for Moore after his explosive first-round stoppage of Phil Gill last time out sent his rival into retirement.

The popular crowd-pleaser will rub shoulders with Olympic gold medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell, as well as recently-stripped world champ Jamie McDonnell and world-title-challenger Kevin Mitchell on a stacked card.

Moore’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes it is reward for the dedication and work he has put into his professional career.

Ballingall said: ‘It’s been made mandatory for Floyd to fight for the Southern Area title.

‘It’s on Sky Sports on the Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Joshua card on December 14.

‘We put in to fight Liam Shinkwin on the same day he announced his retirement.

‘We were made mandatory, it was offered to Ryan Taylor and they want the fight.

‘So it’s full steam ahead now and Floyd is going for it.

‘He’s given up his job and has moved in with me to focus on training. He’s bang up for it and buzzing.

‘It’s the biggest moment of Floyd’s career.

‘There were doubts about him when he turned professional.

‘But Floyd has got bottle. He’s got a lot of bottle.

‘He came from Titchfield, where they are known for being gutsy fighters.

‘He’s dedicated himself since turning pro and silenced the doubters.

‘Now he has the chance he deserves.’

Moore has received backing from an unlikely source ahead of the contest, in the shape of former foe Gill.

Ballingall said: ‘Phil Gill has been in touch with Floyd and wished him all the best.

‘Phil has sparred with Taylor before and he said he is vulnerable sometimes and gave him encouragement.

‘That’s good sportmanship and has given Floyd a boost.

‘He’s living the life, dedicated and up for this chance.’