Floyd Moore

Floyd Moore
It is rare that boxing careers take a lineal path – even the very elite of the sport will have had the troughs to equal out the peaks.  Few though will have been on as much of a rollercoaster as Floyd ‘Pacman’ Moore (11-6-1).  He has had to pick his career up as many times as he’s picked himself from the canvas but still, his love of the sport has kept him motivated to carry on.  “I don’t love the training, I don’t like having to make sacrifices and I do enjoy myself going out for a drink, so that’s hard!” Moore tells me, acknowledging that the life of a fighter isn’t one that comes naturally to him.  He insists thought that once camp starts he’s happy to give up the indulgences and concentrate on the task in hand.  “The fight on the night is what keeps me going, you don’t get a better buzz than having your arm raised at the end of a fight.  The titles don’t even motivate me, it’s the walking to the ring and everyone screaming and having a fight, I love it."
 
When Moore’s professional career started at the age of 20 it couldn’t have been in a much worse manner.  Defeat to journeyman Johnny Greaves, who finished his career with a record of 4-96-0, didn’t signal a man who would have longevity within the sport.  “Everyone wrote me off from then and said I wasn’t ready to turn pro – all it did was spurred me on to train harder and I’ve done alright” says Moore.  He has a twinkle in his eye – a rogue type character with a gentleman’s moustache.  At only 25 years of age he has fit a lot in to a five year career.  A Southern Area title sits alongside his achievements of British and International Masters Titles but he confesses that there have been times where he knows he could have achieved more.  “I’ve been beaten by people I should never have lost to and I’ve had wins against guys that people never expected me to beat” says the man from Fareham, Hampshire.  “A couple of the losses I probably didn’t train properly, I’ve gone out there expecting to knock them out and been caught.”
 
The loss he suffered to Greaves he overturned three years later as part of his run up to a shot at the Southern Area title.  He won that in December 2013, scoring a 4th round TKO victory over Ryan Taylor, now a stablemate at Goodwin Promotions.  On October 17th he gets a chance to claim the title back when he takes on Danny Carter (6-1-0) at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.  The lightweight showdown promises to be an exciting clash of styles.  Moore has done his research into the man from Gloucester and is confident that the showdown will not disappoint fans:
 
“The training has gone really well and I’m sure the other guy is training hard.  I don’t know a great deal about him, I’ve had a quick look on YouTube and done a bit on BoxRec.  I know he’s a southpaw – there’s a clip I’ve seen where he looks a come forward fighter which would suit me.  I’m a come forward fighter too; ask anyone about my fights and they will say the same thing – they’re exciting, don’t last long so don’t blink!”
 
Indeed, the black eye that Moore is sporting is likely testament to his words being put in to practice in a Fareham gym during a sparring war in preparation for October 17th.  The night will be an exciting one for a multitude of reasons, Moore’s title fight being one of a number on the packed card which is headlined by a heated feud between Leon McKenzie and John McCallum at super middleweight.  It is also the night that Goodwin Promotions unveil their new York Hall setup which promises to be a new experience for fans at the home of English boxing.  How did Moore find himself under the Goodwin banner, and how excited is he to be a part of this new dawn for the Leighton Buzzard based promotional outfit? 
“I’ve been with Steve about a year now.  I finished with my previous manager and Steve seemed the right guy for me to go with – he’s doing a lot of things.  He’s stuck to what he said when we first met, which isn’t always the case.  Everything he has said he has delivered on.  He’s realistic and has never told me I’m going to be the world champion because I’m not!  The show on the 17th will be great, it’s something special for the fighters and I’m looking forward to it.  I’ll probably have a little look back at my entrance video on the way down!”

The famed hall sits 1,200 for a fight night and Moore is looking to make sure his fans fill as much of that as possible.  “I’m known as a big ticket seller; we have about 100 ringside” he tells me with excitement, clearly looking forward to pleasing the travelling fans from the South coast.  How much of an influence do they have on him though once he steps between the ropes?  “They are always vocal and won’t disappoint.  We then have another 120 sat up in the stands so it’s great.  I do hear them but they’re usually pissed out their heads so I try no to listen to what they’re saying!”  It’s fair to say that his tactical advice on the night will therefore be coming from his corner man, not the drunken fan.

If all goes well on October 17th Moore has already got aspirations for his future.  The man who beat him for his Southern Area title, Adam Dingsdale, is also in action October 17th on a different card.  That fight is for the English title, and his trainer has promised Moore the first shot at the belt should they both win on Saturday night.  The two are familiar foes, as Floyd explains.  “Adam beat me for the Southern Area 96-95 over ten rounds in a very close fight.  He beat me in the amateurs by a point too, so third time lucky hopefully!  They’ve all been close and good fights so if there was an English title on the line it would make for a great one so I’m hoping he comes through it.”

For the man with a relatively short amateur career of only 28 fights he has experienced the highs and lows of professional boxing.  His likeable and honest character make Moore easy to warm to.  Coupled with his exciting style in the ring it promises to be an exciting next 12 months for the Fareham fighter, all providing his rollercoaster ride makes a successful journey on October 17th at York Hall.

Moore wanted to thank the sponsors who support his career and his father who he works for and is kind enough to give him time off to complete his training.