Moore on the horizon

James Oddy
27/04/2016 12:07pm

York Hall in Bethnal Green has witnessed its fair share of small hall classics. The latest was the 10-round war between Floyd Moore and Ben Day for the southern area lightweight title, which saw Moore (13-6-1, 9 KOs) retain his title.

“Straight after [the fight], I wasn’t overly happy,” Moore told Boxing Monthly recently via telephone. “I trained hard. I was ready to go 10 full rounds. But in my head, I thought I was probably going to stop him. 

“I was fit and went the 10 rounds at a good pace, but I was expecting to get him out early. It was a lot tougher than I expected. But the more I have looked back at it, the more I think, it wasn’t a bad performance because he’s a tricky customer…he wasn’t a massive puncher, but he was just awkward.”

The venue has proved a great base for the 25-year-old Fareham puncher as his career progresses. “York Hall has a great atmosphere. I’ve boxed there five or six times now and won them all by knockout bar one. I lost to Gary Buckland there in Prizefighter which is the only time I’ve lost in London.” 

There will be a change of scenery, however, for Moore as he is set to box on the undercard of David Haye’s next fight against unbeaten Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena on 21 May.

“I’ve got a rematch with a guy who stopped me in my hometown [Yordan Vasiliev]. That was a bit of a classic the first time around. I was winning. He put me down early in the first round. I was beating him for the rest of the fight and, in the ninth, he put me down again. But I am looking forward to getting back in there and putting the record straight.

“I’m not expecting an easy night’s work. It wasn’t last time… I can't really say [what the difference between York Hall and the 02 will be], but I’m guessing the atmosphere at the 02 won't be what I’m used to. At the York Hall, in my hometown Fareham and Portsmouth, I sell a lot of tickets. The atmosphere is electric. At the 02, I imagine it’ll be fairly early in the card, it’ll be quite empty. Even if there are about five thousand people in there, it’ll just look empty. The whole experience is going to be good." 

Moore’s career is being guided by the Goodwin Boxing promotions team and he is quick to praise the work they have done for him. 

“[Steve Goodwin] drove three hours for a chat before we signed with him,” said Moore. “He came all that way. He told me a few things, what he was going to do for me, whatever he was going to aim to do for me, and he has completely delivered. At the moment, we are all working in the right direction. Hopefully, for a shot at the British title one day, maybe a year or two down the line. It’s not a million miles away now. That’s what the aim is.

“This year, I just want to keep winning. I’ve got the 21 May fight and a Southern Area title defence on 9 July in Portsmouth, so I should be on the verge of a shot for the English title. Once you win that you’re in line for the British. It’s just about taking the right steps. Like Steve says, he doesn’t want to rush me.

“I think it’s the best one [lightweight division in the UK]. They’re all good lads. In terms of the Top 10, they are pretty spot on, all pretty good. I am sort of in the top twenty, so I’m not in a million miles away. I’m not one to call people out. I work under the guidance of Steve Goodwin.”

Moore, 25, turned over at a relatively young age and is reaping the rewards of his early experience. “I’m the youngest in my local gym, apart from the trainer’s sons who are younger,” he told BM. “But, in the gym, we’ve got a few in there quite a lot older than me yet I’ve got more experience. I’m the most senior fighter in the gym yet also one of the youngest. I started young. 

“I’ve sparred [IBF featherweight champion] Lee Selby a few times. It’s great sparring to have. He’s just getting better and better. Each time I’ve sparred him, he does your head in really! Getting 8-9 rounds with him means I can do 8-9 rounds with anyone really.

“I’ve sparred many, many rounds with both of my trainer’s [Michael Ballingall] sons. [Welterweight] Michael McKinson is 8-0 and [lightweight] Lucas Ballingall is 4-0,” said Moore, describing the emerging South Coast boxing scene. “They are two of the most talented fighters I’ve been in with, ever. They can go a long way. Unless you’ve got an amateur pedigree, it’s about selling tickets. If you're not signed to a big promoter, you have to do it the hard way.

“There’s a few good lads coming through down there. One lad is with Barry McGuigan, [super-featherweight] Josh Pritchard. There’s also [light-heavyweight] Joel McIntyre. The South Coast isn’t really far from London either.”

It’s an exciting time for boxing on the South Coast with Moore leading the way. 

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