Ttile shot in sight for Kid Kurylak

Ready to go, from left: Trainer Michael Ballingall, Mark Coombs, Floyd Moore, Ryan Moore and Ben Kneller Picture: Darren Harbut
Ready to go, from left: Trainer Michael Ballingall, Mark Coombs, Floyd Moore, Ryan Moore and Ben Kneller Picture: Darren Harbut
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Mark Coombs stands on the brink of his first title shot as he goes into Portsmouth fight night action.

Coombs can get a crack at the British Masters crown in Brighton next month if he impresses on home soil tonight.

Kid Kurylak needs to turn on the style against durable journeyman Andrew Patterson on a packed Mountbatten Centre card.

Patterson will test the 26-year-old’s credentials after registering a win against former Big Brother contestant JJ Bird last time out.

Coombs steps up to six rounds for the first time and the Portsmouth light-middleweight knows he needs to deliver.

Trainer Michael Ballingall said: ‘It’s a good test for Mark.

‘Patterson has lost more than he’s won, but is not the type to roll over.

‘Mark has to look good against him and has been working hard to get ready for this.

‘He knows if he comes through this well, there’s a Masters title shot out there.

‘We have to start moving him along now.’

All the local faces will be on show, with professional boxing back in the city once again after the successful bill held last October.

And there is the added bonus of seeing world-ranked Nigerian powerhouse King Davidson involved after his relocation to the south coast.

Popular ticket seller Floyd Moore, from Fareham, will again look to deliver as he goes in against Crawley’s Robin Deakin.

Joel McIntyre has a light-heavyweight return against Elvis Dube, when the Leigh Park man will be expected to show his growing potential.

Portsmouth light-welterweight Ben Kneller debuts against Shinfield camp boxer Nick Coret, while Bognor’s Liam Griffiths will be hopeful of chalking up a win.

Waterlooville’s Ryan Moore has a decent test on his middleweight debut as he takes on Iain Jackson, who brings a win-some, lose-some record to the table.

Ballingall has high hopes for what Moore can achieve after he built a decent reputation in the amateur ranks.

‘Ryan has a capable opponent and it could have been an easier debut for him,’ said Ballingall.

‘But I believe he can have a bright future and had no doubts about giving him a reasonable test.

‘He has been looking strong and is the type of boxer who can turn heads.

‘I’m expecting big things from him.’

Tickets are selling well for tonight’s show, with a decent crowd expected to support the host of local talents in action.

Ballingall called on fight fans to come out in numbers to see the next generation of boxers bid to make an impression in the sport.

He believes boxing supporters will not be disappointed by the depth of action on offer.

Ballingall said: ‘People will like what they see. We want to see the people of Portsmouth out in force supporting their boxers.’

Tickets will be on sale for the big-fight bill at the Mountbatten Centre on the door tonight.

Tickets are £30 and £50 (ringside). Boxing starts 6pm.